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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Nov 13, 2012 10:11AM

Wait a minute; aren't all these also the "best places to retire" by in terms of their cities?

Nov 13, 2012 7:54AM
Isn't it humerous that the same "worst" states also have the cities most affordable for retirees?  Not a whole lot of thinking going on in these articles with regard to the big picture
Nov 13, 2012 7:52AM
Your "Best cities to retire in" are in your "Worst states to retire in"!!!  Does that make sense to you???  It doesn't to me.
Nov 12, 2012 8:11AM
How can half these states be worst and best? Don't any of you read!
Oct 18, 2012 1:25PM

Sure glad none of you want to retire in the South!  We don't need any more with your views!!

I am proud to be a Rep. after years of  being a Dem.  They no longer support my views!

A proud Fl. native retiree!!!

Oct 17, 2012 9:01PM

You know what  . . . I think 90% of those of you who responded to this article should run for congress. Most of you make sense as opposed to the article's nonsense.   I have lived in Texas, Tennessee and FL and if it were not for having to take care of my aging parents, would not be in the most taxed state in the union - California.  For all the tree huggers who live in CA the legal paperwork required to draw up a simple lease run ELEVEN pages. Three in Florida, two in Texas and four in TN.   Don't even think of coming to California if you are not married and want to be. As they say " Ain't gonna happen" unless you own a home , drive an expensive car and be willing to travel the world on your dime.  When I grew up in Southern California all my friends were from CA. Now the state is infested with obnoxious North Easterners. Go to a footbal game in TN and it will be mostly Orange and White. Go to the Rose Bowl and over half will be rooting for the other team.

Of all eight of the states I have lived in California is by far the most expensive and were it not for the weather the most disapointing for those considering retirement.

Oct 17, 2012 10:02AM
They just ran an aritcle of best cities to retire in.  Many of those cities are in these states.   Which is it?
Oct 17, 2012 9:39AM
Here, let me help those of you (potatoe heads) who have an ignorance about the South, and those who have an unsophisticated palate for Southern delicacies.  .
Oct 16, 2012 4:29PM
Who cares?  When you are old you are just waiting to kick the bucket.  Your eyesight goes, hearing goes, you generally can't lose weight, you have a lifetime of heartache and losses to look back on, and you have plenty of aches and pains.  Not to mention, you look in a mirror and see Medusa staring back.  The best thing about being old is that you can share your lifetime of wisdom with the younger generation.   Life belongs to the young and restless and the older generation should step aside and make way for the new.
Oct 16, 2012 1:07PM

BTW, did anyone take the time to actually read the article? This is why they put southern states on the worst list:


"Don't retire here

How will you decide where to spend retirement? You probably want to pick a state where life expectancies run high, crime rates are low, and people tend to prosper. Conversely, you would probably want to avoid states in which life expectancies run lower, crime rates are higher, and poverty is more common."




Yes, Michigan is a HUGE retirement state because it has more shoreline than any other State but Alaska, longer than the Atlantic and Pacific shorelines combined.  Add 11,000 inland lakes (more than MN), more forest land than any other state east of Mississippi, and 4 perfect seasons; quaint towns, great cost of living, and lower taxes than the rest of the North and you have a perfect place to retire.  (notice I didn't mention Detroit).


It is considered one of the BIG MAGNATE States for not only retirement, but for vacationing.

Oct 16, 2012 1:03PM
The number of people living BELOW poverty level is not a great place to want to live for older folks and most of the south is living below poverty level. That's why they vote REPUBLICAN!!! GO FIGURE!
Oct 16, 2012 9:02AM
top 50 states not to retire in... ALL OF AMERICA! how can you say the entire south other than florida is not a good place to retire. this is the ONLY place to retire.
Oct 16, 2012 8:53AM
screw whoever wrote this, they pretty much just **** on the entire south
Oct 16, 2012 1:34AM
 I have lived in West Virginia, Huntington Washington DC looks live, Calf. is ok but costly its best out west
Oct 15, 2012 7:01PM
Trust me when you are elderly you are going to need some hospital care sooner or later. I was with a loved one in Cali who was hospitalized for 3 months and it was the most horrific experience of my life and theirs' not to mention the care they received. I was with the same person at a hospital in Louisiana the difference was amazing. The nurses & docs were kind & compassionate unlike the ones in Cali, don't get me wrong there were some in Cali that were wonderful,but few, in Louisiana everyone was.
Oct 15, 2012 6:48PM
I have lived and/or spent a lot of time in all of these states, they are wonderful and full of fantastic food, culture, and people. I have also lived in the Northern states and they totally SUCK. I would rather live a shorter and happy life surrounded by people who are full of life and know how to be friendly and courteous to each other. All you uptight Northerners come to the South and we will show you how to enjoy yourselves,
Oct 15, 2012 11:53AM

For a retireee couple with income under $30k/yr and a fully paid for home and no other debts, the south is the only place you really can retire to and be reasonably comfortable.  At $50k/yr, you can live not like a king, but pretty good, again if you have the home paid for and no other debts.  This assumes you are reasonably healthy.


There are alot of places in the north, like central wisconsin and others where $50k/yr goes a long ways.  The biggest factors are property taxes, income taxes and sales tax in that order.  Evaluate those three factors specific to your income and spending patterns before choosing.  Downside of the north is the rotten winters.  Downside of the far south is the summer heat and humidity. 


No matter where you live, a retiree on modest income has to go into retirement with zero debt.  That means zero.  And a fully paid for reliable car good for the next 10 years.  And of course, at least catastrophic health insurance if you are not yet covered by medicare.


Again, zero debt is HUGE.  HUGE.

Oct 15, 2012 9:04AM

Why did they choose all the Southern States??...hmmmm....

Oct 12, 2012 11:36AM
This article is bogus.  You basically just told everyone not to retire in one of the 10 poorest states.  If you have done a good job in saving for retirement these states are great to enjoy the rest of your life in.  Not only do most of them conceed in the southern states, where people are generally more pleasant, and are able to slow down and enjoy life, but you can purchase a nice house for $100 or less per square foot.  Everyone where you go is going to have crime and poverty, so keep your house locked and continue adding to your 401k.  
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