Dreaming of retirement? Imagine yourself in New Hampshire.
That's the best state to retire in, according to a new ranking from the finance website Bankrate.com.
The project rates each state based on how ideal it is for retirees, measuring things like the cost of living, healthcare quality, crime and overall wellbeing. New Hampshire came out on top thanks to its second-best rating for seniors’ wellbeing, third-lowest crime rate and fourth-best healthcare quality, Bankrate said.
Other top-ranking states include Colorado, Maine, Iowa and Minnesota.
Interestingly, some states known for their retirement communities — Arizona, Florida and Nevada — didn't even crack Bankrate’s top 10. As for last place? It was Alaska, due to its cold weather, high crime rate and low percentage of senior citizens, among other factors.
Each year, Money releases its own list of the best cities in the U.S. to retire, which considers how local taxes will take a bite out of your nest egg. In 2016, cities in Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Iowa, Nevada and Washington took the top rankings for their regions.
Bankrate's full list — in order from best to worst states to retire in — can be viewed below:
- New Hampshire
- South Dakota
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- New York
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- West Virginia