The common trope is that the moment you retire, you should pick up your life and move to somewhere warm. Another recent study might prove that the opposite should actually be the case!

When retirement age comes around, people typically flock to states like Florida and away from places with higher costs of living like New York or colder states like Minnesota.

It turns out that some of the best places to retire aren't necessarily your typical vacation spots, some of them lean a bit colder.

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Earlier this year, another study was done by Bankrate, and the team found that maybe those colder Midwestern states might actually be an ideal place to move for retirement.

Bankrate ranked the best and worst states to move to for retirement. This list was based on multiple factors, such as; affordability, quality/cost of healthcare, well-being, weather, and crime rates.

The top ten worst states for retirement based off of these things were:

  1.  Alaska
  2. New York
  3. California
  4. Washington
  5. Massachusetts
  6. North Dakota
  7. Texas
  8. Colorado
  9. Maryland
  10.  Louisiana

It's when we get to the other end of this list that things start getting interesting. Iowa came out on top as the number one best state to retire in.


A more recent study by CreditDonkey found accessed all fifty states and ranked them on nine factors: average salary, annual utility bills, annual medical costs, food and beverage expenditure, car insurance costs, house prices and tax rates, crime rates, population over 65, and average temperature.

This study saw a mixture of southern and midwestern states rank in the top five of the nation. Iowa actually came in at fourth on the list with a score of 60.91.

Here is the top five on this list:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Alabama
  3. Idaho
  4. Iowa
  5. Arkansas

Sounds great and all, but just WHY is Iowa the best place to retire?

According to reports, the Hawkeye State's overall affordability is a great draw for many retirees. Iowa is the sixth cheapest state to live in, and in addition the lower housing costs also make it seem that much more appealing.

The national median for home prices comes to approximately $388,800.

Iowa's state median price for a home is approximately $239,400, which is well over $100,000 less than the national average.

In addition, Iowa does not tax Social Security benefits, so that can definitely be a draw for some retirees who are looking to relocate.

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