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States With the Most Retirement Potential

July 13, 2018

South Dakota is the best place to retire in 2018, according to the latest retirement rankings from South Dakotans still ranked highest for well-being, which is based on their perceptions of social, community, health, and financial security. Plus, South Dakota residents don’t have to pay income taxes when they live in the second most tax-friendly state in the country—a perk for seniors living on a fixed income. accounted for several factors in determining its retirement rankings this year, including cost of living, crime rates, health care quality, taxes, weather, and overall well-being.

The top 12 best states to retire, according to’s 2018 list, are:

  1. South Dakota
  2. Utah
  3. Idaho
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Florida
  6. Montana
  7. North Carolina
  8. Wyoming
  9. Nebraska
  10. Mississippi
  11. Hawaii
  12. Massachusetts

View the full rankings and learn more about what makes each state great—or not so great—for retirement.

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