Ten Best Places to Retire?

 Bankrate has compiled a list of the ten best places to retire, with the assumption that freezing to death is not a significant concern. The top five are:

1. South Dakota
2. Colorado
3. Utah
4. North Dakota
5. Wyoming

According to CNN Money:

To compile the list, Bankrate ranked weather using sunshine and humidity rates and average temperatures from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Taxes were ranked using the Tax Foundation’s analysis of state and local tax burdens. Cost of living was ranked using statistics from the Council for Community and Economic Research, and crime was ranked using FBI crime rates. Health care quality was measured using statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research. General well-being scores were based on an annual Gallup-Healthways survey that surveys residents’ general happiness.

See the complete list and commentary here.

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