Study Finds That Five Of The Most Popular States To Retire In Are Bad Options

Which state do you picture yourself living in while you enjoy your golden years? The location you have in mind might have beautiful views and be centrally located to the attractions and people you love, but is it really the best option? Bankrate collected data from all 50 states in five categories to determine which could be considered the best and worst to retire in. We’re taking a look at the U.S. states that were ranked the worst, based on affordability, crime, culture, weather, and wellness. Five of the top 10 most popular states to retire in make the list– see why!

Maryland Isn’t An Affordable Option

Out of all 50 states, Maryland has been ranked the worst U.S. state to retire in. While it ranks poorly in almost every category except weather, it’s the affordability and culture categories where it really takes a hit.

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Although rich with history, the state doesn’t have much to offer in terms of culture and entertainment today. Also, Maryland households are the wealthiest in the country, which drives up the cost of housing and doesn’t make it easy for those retiring on a budget.