You’ve spent the last 20 years or so daydreaming about retirement and part of that daydream included moving to a warm state where you’ll never have to shovel snow again, or maybe even just moving closer to your kids and grandkids. And while you deserve to move where you’d like – after all – you’ve been working your butt off and it’s your time to do what you want, you should be aware that some states are friendlier to retired people than others. When you relocate, you should look beyond climate and consider if the state has high taxes, a high cost of living, is safe, and has a strong health care system.
With these considerations in mind, here are the absolute worst 10 states for retirement.
You’d think Oregon would be a great place to retire, after all it’s considered one of the happiest states in the nation, and it’s easy to see why that would be. With the ocean and rugged shore line, beautiful dense forest and numerous craft beer breweries, it seems like paradise. But Oregon has the seventh-highest cost of living in the nation, making it hard for those on a fixed income. The state also has high taxes, above the national average, and weather-wise, if you like the sun, you won’t love Oregon.
Although Missouri has a favorable tax environment and the cost of living is relatively low, the crime rate is quite high. According to the FBI’s latest crime reports, the Show-Me state ranks 14th for violent and property crime. It also had the sixth-highest murder rate in the U.S. in 2012. On top of this the winters are long and cold.