The Best and Worst States for Retirement in 2022

Best and worst retirement states
The top 10 best states to retire in. The top state may not surprise you.

Choosing a retirement destination requires a careful analysis of various items such as affordability, access to heath care, quality of life, and social factors. Recently, gathered and analyzed the most critical data to retirees in all 50 states. This data included housing costs, state taxes, availability of health care, and various quality of living endpoints. In addition, this analysis also looked at the following:

  • Percentage of the population over age 65
  • Affordability index, taking median income and home prices into consideration
  • Available parkland, a strong indicator of opportunities for activities
  • Retirement Living (RL) rating scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being highest

10 best states for retirement

  • #1. Florida
  • #2. New Hampshire
  • #3. Arizona
  • #4. North Carolina
  • #5. Alaska
  • #6. Texas
  • #7. South Dakota
  • #8. Washington
  • #9. Nebraska
  • #10. Alabama

10 worst states for retirement

  • #1. Illinois
  • #2. New Jersey
  • #3. Connecticut
  • #4. California
  • #5. New Mexico
  • #6. Indiana
  • #7. Nevada
  • #8. New York
  • #9. Michigan
  • #10. Colorado


The Sunshine State has arguably been the most desirable relocation destination in the country for the past several years. As a retirement destination, Florida has dominated this category for quite some time as well. As for this survey, Florida ranked #1 overall in reader feedback, #5 for quality of life, #8 for affordability, and #39 for healthcare. Are you considering retiring in paradise? We can help! Contact Natasha today at (561) 352-6932.

At Live South Florida Realty, Inc. we have assisted many clients with their real estate needs. Are you looking to buy or sell a property in South Florida? Now more than ever, it is critical to have a qualified real estate team and the proper search tools behind you. Live South Florida Realty, Inc., has been a leader in the South Florida market for many years. Let our team of professionals assist you with buying or selling your piece of paradise today! In addition, our recently launched “Florida Home Search” app is now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. With real-time MLS feeds, this app lets you set your own alerts to notify you as soon as a property meeting your needs hits the market. Furthermore, it will also let you know of recent closed sales in your area so that you may be even more educated on the market. Be sure to download this app for your smartphone or tablet today!

By natasha moore

REALTOR® with Live South Florida Realty, Inc.

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