The latest ranking included state scores of well-being, the cost of living, quality of health care, tax burden, rates of violent and property crimes, average annual possible sunshine and average humidity.
This year’s list was topped by South Dakota, Colorado, Utah, North Dakota and Wyoming. The scoring system put New York at the bottom, with West Virginia, Alaska, Arkansas and Hawaii as the next-worst states to retire.
Compared with the national average, Maine had a dramatically lower rate of violent crime per 100,000 people, slightly less sunshine, slightly more humidity and higher-than-average health care costs.
Bankrate’s Research and Statistics Editor Chris Kahn wrote that the latest rankings are “best used as a conversation starter for those considering a move.”
“It’s also worth noting that our ranking is based on state averages and doesn’t account for the tremendous variety within every state,” Kahn wrote.
What do you think of the latest ranking? Does it miss reasons why Maine is a good or bad place to retire?