10 worst states to retire in

Some places are clearly worse than others for retirement. These states are among the worst, as measured by crime, life expectancy and the number of retirees living in poverty.

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Sep 10, 2012 8:01PM
This article is stupid!  So based on the crime index, life expectancy and poverty level which are subjective ....these states are the worst to retire to?........California has a high crime rate.  The highest welfare roll and biggest state debt.  A state government that steals from it's residents every chance they get while threatening to cut schools, fire and police services if they don't get more.  We are the highest taxed state across the board...ie....Property taxes and Melo-Roos bonds(TAX), high sales tax, high income tax and fee's for everything while providing zero services to the working class.  Half the politicans haven't passed a bill in four years and the other half are focussed on passing bills to  "Ban kids toys from happy meals" while California circles the drain.  Retiree's should run from this state!!! 
Sep 20, 2012 5:43AM

The worst website for retirees,


1. MSN


Idiot rate 99% of 100

Average IQ of reporters 3

Accuracy of articles 2%

Articles worth reading 0.

Sep 20, 2012 11:09AM
The best place to retire is near your family so you can see them as much as you can before you die....
Sep 10, 2012 9:06PM
10 worst states to retire to?  Uhhhhh, you might want to include 401/ 457/ IRA dividen taxes, the "COST OF LIVING" and maybe "STATE INCOME, PROPERTY and SALES TAXES" before you start declaring a state the "Worst" state to retire to. 
Sep 20, 2012 9:05AM


One week I read an article from these yankers telling me to retire in third word countries where my money will allow me to live like a king. The reasons my income will strech so far in those places are caused by exactly what this article tells me to avoid.


I am 64, still working but more as a consultant. Here is how I think we should retire.


1. Retire close enough to where you grew up to visit when you feel like it.

2. Live where you feel comfortable, city or farm.

3. Live far enough away from you kids so it is easy to visit when each of you want but far enough away so both can live in peace.

4. Live like you are on summer vacation from the 10th grade.

5. Stay busy working on something.


Last but not least don't waste too much time reading articles written by dumb a$$es.


Oct 3, 2012 11:05PM
Are you serious?  Tennessee has no state income taxes, low priced real estate, and it is a beautiful state.  Georgia, Florida, and Kentucky are all nice states.  I guess the 10 top states are New York, California, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maryland, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.  I have friends in all of those states and every one of them would love to retire to most of the 10 worst states that you mentioned. This must be some kind of joke. 
Sep 20, 2012 5:55AM
Sep 11, 2012 12:05PM

an "average retiree" - should look at all averages - starting with I.Q. of the journalists who wrote this piece.      

Sep 10, 2012 9:22PM
What a bunch of biased crap. All states listed are in the southern US. Texas for example has no income tax, good economy with low cost of living and cost of housing. The cost of living and state income taxes in the northeast, midwest and far west will eat up most retirees financially. 
Sep 20, 2012 9:20AM

I cannot believe all southern states were picked as the worse. I think this was a bias poll.


There are so many (retirees) that move south from all over our country and would never go back

north or to the west coast.


I would have picked any northern state as the worse.  The taxes are high, real-estate is high,

there are no jobs, and the weather is usually unfavorable.  These are the reasons people move south,

especially retirees.. 


Ask any retiree in the south if they even like travelling in the north.  The answer is no.


A relocated retiree.

Sep 20, 2012 6:32AM
What drivel.  These are certainly not the only 3 factors considered by potential retirees.  What about:  Cost of living, cost of housing, state income tax, property tax, climate, friends and family, nature and recreation, the arts, etc.?

Please write something of importance, not skewed statistics.      

Sep 20, 2012 6:33AM
Holy crap! You have it wrong big time. Some of these are in the best places to retire. In October of 2011, South Carolina was number 1 out of ten states when considering best places to retire. Hmmmm. Sounds like MSN is doing what they can to prevent retirees from living in the more conservative leaning states. We moved to SC and you can't believe the number of folks from the northeast and upper midwest who have retired here to get our of the more liberal leaning states. I think its time to use another browser to get get my news from. 
Oct 3, 2012 9:57PM
If this is so, why is the South full of Northern people.
Sep 20, 2012 12:32PM
Ten stupidest countdown lists of the month.  If you're retired, it's your own money that makes you rich or poor.  Why would the economy of the State have anything to do with that?  Crime levels for the State?  For heaven's sake, that's  like saying don't move to San Diego because East LA has a lot of crime.  Don't move to the Hamptons because there's a lot of crime in parts of Harlem.   Life expectancy is a function of lifelong habits, genetics, and the 'slings and arrows of outrageous fortune'.  You don't die earlier just because at age 65 you decide to live in Tennessee.  What useless drivel.  How about:  access to good, affordable healthcare, state income tax, property tax rates, and social climate (whether it be Southern or Yankee or Hipster, one that suits YOU and where you find yourself socially comfortable) as better happiness indicators.
Sep 20, 2012 9:30AM
Your articles always dissapoint.  You taunt a headline and when I go to see a list it deceives and takes me everywhere except want I was told I would read!   Where did you go to journalism school.  My school of thought taught me that if you promise something you should deliver.  I should see a list of the top 10 and not have to go on a hunting expedition! Get that together! 
Sep 20, 2012 9:46AM
This is a ridiculous and impractical report. I don't think that most people select a state in which to retire based on the three factors considered in this report: crime, life expectancy, and the number of retirees living in poverty. I believe people consider taxes, climate and family connections as three of the most important factors. There is crime everywhere, people will die at their 'appointed time' (not based on a state's life expectancy), and retirees who would be living in poverty in the above mentioned states, would be even more destitute in the states with high cost of living and taxes. My husband and I moved out of New Jersey (where we were born and bred, and live our entire lives) simply because we couldn't afford to stay there. While we loved our home and were sad to leave our life-long friends, we decided that saving $10,000 a year on our property taxes would allow a much more pleasant retirement. Now we can travel and do the things we want to do without worrying about whether we can afford to or not.  This report is worthless.
Oct 4, 2012 9:30AM

I do not understand MSN reporters a couple of day ago they posted best places to retire because of tax breaks and 4 of the 10 were on that list, now they say theses are the worst states to retire what’s up.

Sep 11, 2012 11:51AM
What difference does it make on the percentage of retirees living below the poverty line on whether or not you should live there?  Stupid article.  Luckily I am retired so I have time to read stupid articles.  That is why I read MSN articles.
Oct 4, 2012 8:50AM
Why are all of the worst states in the South, where the cost of living is really low? I've known several people from New York and Illinois that move South and buy cheaper homes with lower property taxes and raise their standard of living. I can't believe that New York, California, Illinois, Washington, etc are better places to retire.
Sep 20, 2012 6:59AM

Clearly the person or persons responsible for this article aren't near retirement!  As I near retirement I will be looking for great access to medical facilities and specialists, walk-able neighborhoods near entertainment and good restaurants and a reasonably low cost of living.  In each of the states listed as the worst 10 there are great cities and neighborhoods that fit my criteria ...  

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