2.  South Dakota

best retire states south dakota

Why fight a cold South Dakota winter in retirement? Because taxes and crime rates are some of the lowest in the country.

First published March 1, 2016: 6:44 AM ET
Source: Bankrate ranked all 50 states. Cost of living data was provided by the Council for Community and Economic Research. Crime statistics include property and violent crimes reported by police departments to the FBI. Health care quality scores come from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provided weather data on temperature, humidity and sunshine. General well-being scores were based on an annual Gallup-Healthways survey that surveys residents' general happiness.

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