The 10 best states for retirement in 2014

Move over, Arizona and Florida: When it comes to your golden years, these 10 states are tops.

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Jul 16, 2014 6:48AM
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I'm retiring to Mexico, the country should have completely emptied out by then.

Jul 7, 2014 6:53PM
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Knowing MSN, these will be ranked the 10 worst states to retire in 2 weeks from now. 
Jul 7, 2014 7:54PM
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And who the heck wants to shovel snow in their 'golden years'?
Jul 8, 2014 9:14AM
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To everyone under the sound of my voice via my computer; retire wherever you want to and especially love the life you live and live the life you love.
Jul 8, 2014 4:46PM
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Any state you can live within your means is the right state.
Jul 16, 2014 6:29AM
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I think they are just trying to trick the old people to live where no one else want to live. 
Jul 16, 2014 4:05AM
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Yeah...pretty much discredited this entire article as soon as I saw North Dakota was on it.  I lived there for 4 years in my early 20's...and there is no way I would ever recommend a senior citizen live there.  Down right dangerous in the winter.  Not just the temps, but the road conditions as well.  Where do they come up with this stuff???
Jul 16, 2014 5:57AM
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The best state to retire to would be any state that Reid, Pelosi, and Obama didn't retire to.  lol

Jul 8, 2014 8:03AM
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Well, I guess when you are retired you don't have to go out in all the snow in all those states! Ha, most people retire to the warm south! Am I missing something here?
Jul 8, 2014 10:24AM
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I've never lived in any of those places.Although I do know what cold is.Driving in and mushing around in snow isn't fun.Putting gas in your car or repairing busted pipes and heaters is not fun either in the snow.Same goes for patching a roof.Being wary of non-snow drivers is a good idea.Quick warming of snow areas can lead to flooding disasters,avalanches and similar catastrophes.I'm retired and made my choice of the gulf coast here in Mississippi.Low prices,abundant sunshine.friendly folks.Nice beaches,good fishing.Alabama has it all as well.
Jul 8, 2014 2:49PM
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Obama wants to waste 3.7 Billion on immigrants!!!!

 

BUILD A FENCE FOR 3.7 BILLION !!!!

 

No kid can climb a 30 foot wall, neither can a pregnant woman!!!

Jul 16, 2014 5:42AM
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Yes, some of those places look very beautiful. Take another picture of those same sites during the winter and a retiree might think twice.
Jul 16, 2014 5:25AM
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Ha ha...that photo of "Utah" is actually Monument Valley in Arizona.  We retired in northern Arizona and are loving it.  
Jul 7, 2014 11:12PM
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in Arizona is where a lot of folks do retire. Year round outdoor activities in the valley or four seasons in the North country. Arizona has a climate that can please most all tastes. The PGA tournament in late January draws about 550,000, Spring training with 16 teams are here for almost 2 months, Barrett Jackson auto auction is here for about 10 days and the Arabian horse show for about a month. Many activities from walking, bicycling and jogging. Plenty of parking, clean roads, medical facilities, shopping and golf. In the valley, we do not own winter clothes, shovels, ice scrapers, snow tires or many other cold weather paraphanalia. Overly dressed is wearing socks any time of the year. Upkeep on homes is washing them down once a year from dust buildup and washing the windows outside.
Jul 16, 2014 4:31AM
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I notice a lack of snow in any of those beautiful pictures.  All of you retired folks who love cold weather pack up your snow shovels and head for those states. Me, I'll stay right here in Ft. Lauderdale and you can send me a post card.

Jul 8, 2014 8:44AM
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Jul 16, 2014 7:21AM
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These are beautiful places in the late spring, summer, and early fall, but when the winters hit, people who are older don't need that kind of climate to deal with, not to mention heating bills.  I prefer being outdoors and mobile 24/7 for good health and none of these states offer me that.  So Florida is still my first choice. 
Jul 8, 2014 5:49AM
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Idaho? Winters can be brutally cold and snowy and summers can blaze.


And there is the unique political climate which makes Idaho as Red a state as there is. 


The north is distinctly different from the Boise area so to claim that the whole state is a retirement heaven is misleading.


Lots of natural beauty and recreation, though. 



Jul 8, 2014 9:01AM
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The young ladies still know how to giggle and the old know how to laugh it off in Arizona. My first southern state to live in. I wish I was in the land of cotton has new meaning. Beautiful women of all colors. California girls have nothing over these gals. They have butterflies, humming bird, quails, doves, cotton tail bunnies and coyotes. They had a dust storm 60 mile from here and a monsoon came over and rained mud. No where is perfect. They do treat their old with respect. The cactus and trees are gorgeous. I don't think I would want to work in the summer heat but retirement is good.
Jul 9, 2014 10:09AM
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lucky for me! I summer in the Idaho mountains, winter in the Utah desert! BOTH are on your list, glad to hear the good news. Yellowstone in the summer/ Zion in the winter oh yea!
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