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The best states to retire to in the US have been revealed (and surprisingly, Florida is not one of them!)

A new study finds that 47% of the American population would consider moving when they retire, and it has identified the best states to retire to based on key factors like cost of living, healthcare and weather.

New Hampshire has been voted best place to retire to by Bankrate.com. Image: Denis TangneyJr/Getty Images
New Hampshire has been voted best place to retire to by Bankrate.com. Image: Denis TangneyJr/Getty Images

The study by Bankrate.com has thrown up a few surprises, because while we tend to assume that locations in the sun by the beach are the ideal retirement destinations, the survey suggests otherwise. Its top three places include New Hampshire, Colorado and Maine, which probably won’t be the best place to work on your tan, but it says that these places will provide many of the necessities for a comfortable and sustainable retirement

Colorado has been voted second-best place to retire to by Bankrate.com. Image: Toby Harriman
Colorado has been voted second-best place to retire to by Bankrate.com. Image: Toby Harriman

“Our latest ranking of the best and worst states to retire finds the fun-in-the-sun places often associated with retirement may have drawbacks as we face aging issues and our savings dwindle,” it says. “Retiree meccas like Florida and Arizona don’t come close to cracking our top 10.”

Bankrate has released the best and worst places to retire to. Image: Bankrate.com
Bankrate has released the best and worst places to retire to. Image: Bankrate.com

The rankings were based on key factors like cost of living, weather, quality of health care, crime rate, cultural vitality, tax rate, overall well-being of seniors in that state, and the number of seniors that make up the total population.

Bankrate has released the best and worst places to retire to. Image: Bankrate.com
Bankrate has released the best and worst places to retire to. Image: Bankrate.com

To see the full list and get planning for your silver years, check out the report here.

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