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 20, 2012 2:57PM
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its amazing that the south is selected as worse place to retire. do you ever hear of anyone retiring and moving "north" i don't think so.  i am a true southerner and i love the south.  not only is our cost of living the most reasonable but our lifestyle is more relaxed.  we are more spread out and not all clustered together in the city.  it may not be for everyone, but most of the states you listed are very good when it comes to taxes and their retirees.  in mississippi, we have the homestead act, this is a great savings on property owners when retired.  just not sure where you got all your info. or who did the survey.  i just think your wrong and again, if it is so bad down here, why do northerners retire and move south?
Sep 20, 2012 2:57PM
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I must come to the defense of Lousiana.  I do not understand how these statitics were generated nor to I see how it is reflective of the people.  It is true that the state is more politically aligned with a third world nation than with any other state in the union but the people are wonderful the roads uncrowded, and communities are small.  With the exception of New Orleans and its suburbs, I have never seen nor experiences the negatives or your statistical measure.  Good food, strong cultural ties, friendly people along with inexpensive land and no cold weather put it at the top of my book.
Sep 20, 2012 2:55PM
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Someone dislikes the south but where are Cal. Illonoise and New York This thing is a joke
Sep 20, 2012 2:53PM
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Just last week San Antonio was listed as one of the top 5 places to retire.  I also find it kind of strange that all of the states listed are in the south.  Who's writing this stuff?  I guess I hope this particular article is well read up north, cause if it keeps snowbirds and yankees away it's well worth the bad rap.
Sep 20, 2012 2:52PM
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i lived in georgia for 25 years and thought the people were very nice and friendly. maybe bobbie was living on the wrong side of the tracks.( if you know what i mean )
Sep 20, 2012 2:50PM
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Wow really? That is a horrible thing to say. Have a little respect!! I am one of those "Niggers", and I have worked for the last 33 years in the operating room, helping doctors perform surgery on people like you. You are EVIL!!
Sep 20, 2012 2:49PM
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Do they even know what they are doing? A few months ago they had most of the states and citys for the best place to raise your family and to retier lol
Sep 20, 2012 2:45PM
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If the South is so terrible, why do all the dirty Yankees retire down here. They show up and start wanting to change everything like it's their God given right! Here's a tip. The southern people who are the nicest to you... hate you the most. Please take your 401k and go annoy the people in the 40 "good" states to retire.
Sep 20, 2012 2:43PM
Sep 20, 2012 2:43PM
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I'm retirement age, but not retired.  I have no interest in relocating.  When I retire, I'll have a paid for home (of nearly 40 years), a community I'm most familiar with, the same phone number for the past 40 years in case anyone wants to call, and neighbors with whom we have much mutual respect.  Who could ask for more?  There might be cheaper places to live, but quality of life isn't measured solely in dollars.We'll stay put for now.  In a nice part of Maryland, btw.  We're not wealthy, but in a low crime area with a grocery store in walking distance.    To 'start over' at our age, in another locale, seems daunting. 
Sep 20, 2012 2:39PM
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Jim S is right on. And isn't it interesting that the Southerners (I was born and raised in the South) are the ones who claim to be Christians but are hateful and act like barbarians? The hypocrisy of the self-proclaimed, self-righteous Christians is the reason I escaped the day I turned 18.
Sep 20, 2012 2:35PM
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This is so ridiculous.  Are these retirees people that grew up and worked in that state or people coming from other states.  It appears to me that the low standard of living may in some ways be a draw for people with a little retirement money from some of the more expensive areas.  As was already stated, not a very well designed article for what retirees are really looking for. 
Sep 20, 2012 2:34PM
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Hawai'i really?  It has the highest cost of living compared to anywhere....my daughter lives in a one bedroom apt for $1600 a month and everywhere you park you have to pay even at Walmart.  Kentucky does not suprise me being listed for life expectancy but it is because everyone drinks too much alcohol and smokes excessively....bourbon and tobacco are still king!
Sep 20, 2012 2:26PM
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Interesting that all are in the south, where GOP and Conservatives reign
Sep 20, 2012 2:22PM
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I am surprised New Jersey didn't post a spot here. We have the highest property taxes, super high car insurance and high sales tax. So many people leave this state when they retire because they just can't afford the property taxes.
Sep 20, 2012 2:19PM
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I am 68 years old, and I am retired according to the federal government.  But to me, retirement means retiring from life, or death.  So, since I'm using what little I do know to educate myself in order to increase my income and to possibly be able to help those who are less fortunate, the first thing I would suggest to anyone is to get the idea of retirement out of your mind.  In retirement, you're helping death, poverty, and God knows what else.  Remember, we create our own reality, whether that be poverty, heath, or weath, by the way we think.  Am I happy with thinking that I can create my own reality?  Yes, I am.  It allows me to keep striving to create a better reality for myself through thought.  Also, I keep reminding myself that 'as man thinketh so is he'.

Sep 20, 2012 2:11PM
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Ha! This list is ridiculous. How on EARTH did they rationalize that living in New England or the West Coast, even some of the upper midwest, was somehow more affordable?  And in some cases, lower in crime? I can't really comment on life expectancy, but I otherwise feel that these facts are most definitely skewed. Stop buying into stereotypes of one state, or basing your entire opinion of each individual city and person based on the color of the state. It is no better than racism to say that if you are from ___this state__ you are stupid, uneducated, overly religious, pro-guns, fat, unhealthy etc. etc. etc. It makes you bigoted and no better than those you feel you are superior to. Try traveling and meeting people before you make up your minds about them.
Sep 20, 2012 2:11PM
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Dumb stats.    One reason a high number of people are below the "federal" set poverty line is they are low cost of living states.    You can survive on less, vs Ca., NY, Mass etc.  

Check the housing costs etc.

 

As to life expectancy, one thing these states all have in common is historically high % of diabetes, and other cultural/dietary related issues.   Eat a high fat, high fried food diet in Minn and you will shorten your life.   Be a vegan in Miss, and you will likey not weigh 300 lbs. and have heart issues.   

Sep 20, 2012 2:02PM
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Why didn't they just say "Don't retire in the south"? lol
Sep 20, 2012 1:56PM
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MSN has suckered me to respond again. I am so ashamed.

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