By Sarah Min
No. 10: South Carolina
Coming in tenth for worst state to retire in is South Carolina. It scored well on weather, ranking in eighth place, but received a low score for all other factors. It scored lowest for crime, coming in 46th.
No. 9: Nevada
Nevada scored fifth on taxes, but came in 47th for health care quality and 43rd for well-being.
No. 8: Washington
Washington state scored low on the cost of living, crime and weather. Its best score was for taxes, where it came in 17th.
No. 7: Illinois
Illinois scored lowest on the cost of living and well-being, coming in in 36th place for both. Its highest score was for weather, where it landed at 23rd.
No. 6: California
The Golden State scored 14th on both weather and well-being, but its overall rank was dragged down by its low scores on the cost of living and taxes, where it came in 49th and 48th, respectively.
No. 5: Arkansas
Arkansas came in second on the cost of living and scored ninth for weather. But it came in dead last — 50th place — on health care quality and taxes.
No. 4: Louisiana
Among the worst states to retire in, Louisiana scored very low on both well-being and crime. The state’s weather ranked near the top, however, coming in third.
No. 3: Maryland
Maryland’s lowest score came on the cost of living, for which it ranked 47th. It scored best – though not that great – for weather, landing at 20th place.
No. 2: New Mexico
The second worst state to retire in came in last place for crime. Its ranking on health care quality was also near the bottom of the list, at 49th place.
No. 1: New York
The Empire State was judged the worst state in which to retire because of its low scores on the cost of living and taxes, where it came in 50th and 49th, respectively. However, New York does have low crime and cultural vitality, according to the report.