The states were compared and ranked on affordability, health care and quality of life factors, with data gleaned from various public and other records from the Census Bureau, the FBI, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, United Health Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other sources, according to WalletHub, a personal-finance website that has received growing attention for its frequent studies on a number of issues.
States were measured on quality of public hospitals, adjusted cost of living, tax friendliness on pension and Social Security income, employment opportunities for those 65 and older, crime rates, volunteer opportunities, tax rates, cost of in-home services, physicians and nurses per capita, and more.
The state got its worst grades in the percentage of the work force that is 65 and older, life expectancy, health-care facilities per capita, and theaters and museums per capita.
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Ranked at the bottom with Kentucky in the WalletHub study were Rhode Island, Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey, New Mexico and Vermont. The District of Columbia also got a poor grade.
The best states for retirement were Florida, Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, Nevada, Delaware and Wisconsin.