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 8:59PM

These sites and the data they come up with makes no since. Tell me how can Kentucky be one of the worst states than on another posting it’s one of the best? Who is paying who to write this crap? This website must wake up one day and say, the obituaries are overflowing in newspapers and we need to send out red flag to deter the retirees to move here.


10 worst states for retirement

No. 10: Kentucky

Kentucky's low cost of living is easy on the budget, and it's of course a basketball lover's dream.

The biggest problem for Kentucky residents is the state's health care system and low wellness scores.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, or AHRQ, gave Kentucky's health care system its fifth-lowest score in the nation as part of its most recent quality report. The agency, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, has found numerous issues with Kentucky's health care. It noted, for example, especially high rates of adults who didn't receive timely care even though they needed it "right away" for an illness or injury.

Gallup-Healthways, which tracks emotional and physical well-being as part of an extensive national survey, gave Kentucky its second-lowest score behind West Virginia.

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10 best states for retirement

No. 4: Kentucky

 One of the strongest benefits that Kentucky offers retirees is an extremely low cost of living. The Council for Community and Economic Research, or CCER, which collects data on the relative costs of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation and health care in communities across the U.S., found that retirees in Kentucky are paying less than many of their counterparts across the country.

Bankrate, which analyzed CCER's data, found that Kentucky boasts the fifth-lowest cost of living in the nation.

The Bluegrass State also has warmer-than-average temperatures and a crime rate that's slightly lower than average.

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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 11:25AM
They are the "worst states to retire," THIS WEEK. MSN will contradict itself next week. These will be the "10 Most Promising States for Retirement." 
Jul 9, 2014 10:30AM
Oh goodie, MSN is re-re-running the same article yet again. 
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 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 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 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 13, 2014 2:21PM
It's time for Obama to be forced out of office. Hordes of illegals are invading the country, the economy is shrinking, wealth inequality is spiking, gas is up, food prices are up, our vets are dying from massive delays in government run democrat healthcare, our national debt has doubled from wild democrat unbridled spending, 52 million people are on food stamps, Iraq is on fire, terrorists are growing in number, the world is much less safe, Syria is on fire, Israel is on fire, Russia is invading Europe, he is the most unpopular president in history.........

Wed 8:13 AM
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 .
Wed 7:53 AM
Here is the "Formula for Failure".  CRIME + BLACKS + POVERTY + ILLITERACY = DEMOCRATS
Jul 9, 2014 2:08PM
the best is the right state of mind.
Wed 8:11 AM
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 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 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, 
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