The 10 worst states for retirement

If you're nearing retirement age, you may want to reconsider living in one of these states.

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Jul 8, 2014 11:07PM

Any state that borders Mexico.


Those states are being swamped with uneducated lawless illegals.

Jul 8, 2014 9:09PM
For(thought), try Detroit, Chicago, LA, Seattle, NV. NY, Boston or any other Democratic run state or City.  They are all going broke because of spending money they don't have, like the Feds are now. 
Jul 9, 2014 7:26AM
New Jersey has the highest property taxes and every road is a toll road. That is why i retired and moved to South Carolina. No mention of California either. Hey Chris where did you come up with this list ?
Jul 8, 2014 7:14PM
I live in Alaska and have lived in six other states due to military moves and Alaska for me is by far the best. I will not even move back to my home state Florida. It's currently 65 degrees and nice, thankful the winters are cold enough to keep a lot but not all of crime from the lower 48 out. One thing I noticed about the healthcare rap in this article is that some of these were states that did not sign up for the Affordable Care Act's Healthcare Exchange. Is someone trying to dig at these states for not falling in line with the status quo. Alaska's health care system is very good, I've lived in six other states and seen firsthand what is out there. Healthcare here is very accessible and of high quality. Article is way off when ti comes to Alaska except for the cold, I'm loving it. And yes in about 5 years I will be retiring here, there are many perks here other than no state sales tax.
Jul 9, 2014 11:41AM
How is CA a good state to retire when they tax your retirement up to 12.3% - up there with NY as highest in the state.
Just because people don't take care of themselves in a certain state does not mean that you can't take care of yourself - this article completely stupid.

Jul 9, 2014 10:30AM
Oh goodie, MSN is re-re-running the same article yet again. 
Jul 9, 2014 2:23PM

Maryland most definitely deserves to be on this list.  They tax us to death and give us nothing to show for it.  You can buy a house in other states for what you pay for a one bedroom condo in this miserable state.  Also, look out for the potholes that our tax dollars don't seem to cover, but you would also need to enjoy living in a sardine can...too many people!   If you want to be up close and personal to the corruption in D.C this just might be the place for you!  Saving my money and getting out of here ASAP. You don't need to be retired for this to be one of the worst states to live in!!!!

The photo is deceiving!

Jul 9, 2014 2:42PM

The current crisis on the southern border, involving tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, has now become a concern for Michiganders who live in a rural community with less than 3,000 people.

Wolverine Human Services, a social services agency which typically helps needy Michigan children, is in the process of securing a contract and negotiating with the Office of Refugee Resettlement to bring between 60-120 male illegal immigrants, between the ages of 12-17, to the small city of Vassar without any input from residents of the community.

About 100 concerned citizens, some bearing signs, gathered outside the Vassar City Hall last night to let public officials know what they think.


Jul 16, 2014 8:13AM
Yes , Maryland home of the Democrats. Boy have they F'd up the state . And the blacks in Baltimore true to form destroyed the city .
Jul 9, 2014 10:27AM

First off...the Wellness Survey should have no bearing on the criteria as it is based primarily on an individuals lifestyle choice. You do not have to eat unhealthy is your choice, you do not have to is an individual choice. So having someone else determine what is good or bad for you should have no bearing on the ratings.

Second, cost of living is NOT NECESSARILY a are retired, mostly fixed income. 56% of all retirees within the next five years will have Social Security as their primary income (50% or more of the total household income). Over 30% Social Security will be their only income. Therefore, for the majority of retirees...cost of living is the largest determining factor. the weather

Jul 16, 2014 7:53AM
Here is the "Formula for Failure".  CRIME + BLACKS + POVERTY + ILLITERACY = DEMOCRATS
Jul 16, 2014 8:11AM
Maryland also has a rain tax.  Yep we get taxed because water falls from the sky onto our roofing.  Only in MD.
Jul 9, 2014 11:18AM
I'll take having a bunch of Redneck Republican voters who work than a bunch of Son's of Hussein OwebaMao voting DemocRATs any day of the week / month / year as @least with most Republicans I'll very damn well know either they are working or they are retired and just trying to get by in the later years of their lives instead of being porch monkeys who are crapping out babies like rats @ a land fill and living lifelong on welfare .
Jul 9, 2014 2:08PM
the best is the right state of mind.
Jul 9, 2014 12:45PM

I've lived in 11 states and 3 countries...visisted SEVERAL more!

Not sure why anyone would say Florida is a bad place to retire? Seems like tens of millions of people are wrong lol VERY LOW CRIME in small areas outside of biggers cities. Best fishing in the country, best weather minus Southern CA. and Hawaii, no state taxes, low cost of living, amazing healthcare and it simply the best place to call it quits lol

States I've lived:


Countries lived:

Germany, Puerto Rico, Nova Scotia (Canada)

Jul 16, 2014 7:45AM
Finally! New York makes an appearance on an MSN worst list. Just couldn't spin it anymore could ya MSN? New York is the pits...period! Weather or not my family eventually smartens up and moves or stays until they bled dry, I'm outta here for good when I finally retire in a few years. What crap heap of corruption and fiscal mismanagement. I used to lament about feeling forced to leave the state where I was born and raised...the only home my daughters know and love. Not any more. Everything I've said so far makes sense to most. So now it's time for me to leave the reservation and get a big "thumbs down" from you liberal crumb-bums out there: When the canerous growth called NYC becomes the 51st state I'll consider returning.     
Jul 9, 2014 11:08AM
I'll bet the Oklahoma Dept. of Tourism just *loves* that photo you picked out, Chris.
Jul 14, 2014 6:03PM
Any state above the Mason Dixon line. Many liberal paradises up in the northeast with cold weather, high crime, high property taxes, congested cities, etc, 
Jul 16, 2014 8:46AM
New York State is much more than Manhattan and the 5 boroughs. The article is about the 10 worst states for retirement not cities or metro areas. 
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