Various criteria helps determine the best states for retirement

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Top Retirements' Facebook cover photo.

Top Retirements’ Facebook cover photo.

Finding the best place to retire in is a little bit like looking for a mate. There are lots of pretty ones out there. But which state has the most attractive features and a minimum of not so desirable attributes? To help weed out the more unattractive ones, has compiled a list of the worst states for retirement.

A one-size-fits-all approach won’t work. If your grandchildren live in one of these states and you want to be near them — that makes it a great retirement state for you, John F. Brady, president of, said.

The emphasis is on the key attributes that make a state unattractive for retirement — including high property taxes, taxation of retirement income, estate taxes, and cost of living. Retirees should also factor in other considerations such as medical care, recreational and cultural opportunities, natural beauty, transportation, crime and natural disasters.

Their website lists the best and worst states for retirement:

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