The Best Places to Retire State by State

Blog posted On September 03, 2018

Most of those who move in retirement chose to stay within the same state. In recognition of that fact, Forbes has developed its first-ever list of the best two places to retire in each of the 50 states—even those with high costs and taxes that we generally avoid in our annual Best Places To Retire list.

The states are listed alphabetically, each with a best and runner-up. For the complete list, click here to access resource.

Assembling this list was no small task. On a state by state basis, we’ve applied most of our usual metrics, looking for relatively affordable places (as measured by housing and overall living costs) offering a high quality of retirement living (as measured by such factors as doctor availability, crime rates, air quality, ranking on the Milken Institute list of best cities for successful aging, walkability and bikeability).  Since this is a retirement list, we ignore data on local school districts.