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Best places to retire in every state

  • Best places to retire in every state
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    Best places to retire in every state

    Over the course of the average person’s lifetime, one is confronted with a handful of stress-inducing decisions, outcomes of which inevitably play an impactful role in shaping their futures. While choosing a college major, purchasing a first home, and deciding on whether or not to have kids each represent instances that lead most people to consult their loved ones, as well as heavily research the options being considered, perhaps no matter earns more thought and attention than where to settle down after decades of hard work. In the United States especially, where the average worker does not call it quits until the age of 63a figure that pales in comparison to the rest of the worldretirement is a cherished, limited resource that drives people to ensure they are experiencing it to the best of their abilities.

    In seeking to provide a guide as to the best places where people can cash in on the fruits of their labor, Stacker looked to Niche, which identified the best locations in the United States for people to retire, according to a handful of factors. Niche looked at weather, crime rates, presence of residents 65 and older, housing costs, and access to key amenities in order to arrive at a cumulative grade for each location.

    Read on to get a better sense of where people's hard-earned money can be best used to get the dream retirement they deserve.

    RELATED: check out Best cities for an active retirement.

  • Alabama: Orange Beach
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    Alabama: Orange Beach

    Population: 5,791
    Overall Grade: B+
    Cost of living grade: B (Median home value: $248,200; Median rent: $836)
    Diversity grade: B-
    Crime & safety grade: B
    Outdoor activities grade: B+

     

     

     

     

     

  • Alaska: Sitka
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    Alaska: Sitka

    Population: 8,921
    Overall Grade: B
    Cost of living grade: C (Median home value: $341,600; Median rent: $1,019)
    Diversity grade: N/A
    Crime & safety grade: B
    Outdoor activities grade: C-

     

     

     

     

     

  • Arizona: Sun City
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    Arizona: Sun City

    Population: 39,363
    Overall Grade: B-
    Cost of living grade: B- (Median home value: $119,400; Median rent: $986)
    Diversity grade: C
    Crime & safety grade: N/A
    Outdoor activities grade: B

     

     

     

     

     

  • Arkansas: Bella Vista
    5/ Michael Krewson // Wikimedia Commons

    Arkansas: Bella Vista

    Population: 27,985
    Overall Grade: A
    Cost of living grade: B+ (Median home value: $154,200; Median rent: $966)
    Diversity grade: B-
    Crime & safety grade: B
    Outdoor activities grade: B+

     

     

     

     

     

  • California: Kensington
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    California: Kensington

    Population: 5,602
    Overall Grade: A+
    Cost of living grade: C- (Median home value: $805,200; Median rent: $1,994)
    Diversity grade: B+
    Crime & safety grade: A-
    Outdoor activities grade: A

     

     

     

     

     

  • Colorado: Estes Park
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    Colorado: Estes Park

    Population: 6,230
    Overall Grade: B+
    Cost of living grade: C- (Median home value: $342,000; Median rent: $917)
    Diversity grade: B-
    Crime & safety grade: B
    Outdoor activities grade: B

     

     

     

     

     

  • Connecticut: Essex
    8/ Joe Mabel // Wikimedia Commons

    Connecticut: Essex

    Population: 6,594
    Overall Grade: A-
    Cost of living grade: C (Median home value: $363,600; Median rent: $1,165)
    Diversity grade: B-
    Crime & safety grade: N/A
    Outdoor activities grade: B

     

     

     

     

     

  • Delaware: Hockessin
    9/ Cschroeder999 // Wikimedia Commons

    Delaware: Hockessin

    Population: 13,702
    Overall Grade: A
    Cost of living grade: C+ (Median home value: $422,400; Median rent: $1,823)
    Diversity grade: B
    Crime & safety grade: N/A
    Outdoor activities grade: A-

     

     

     

     

     

  • Florida: Whiskey Creek
    10/ Whiskey creek is part of Fort Myers Metropolitan Area Florida (pictured here) — Ebyabe // Wikimedia Commons

    Florida: Whiskey Creek

    Population: 5,011
    Overall Grade: A
    Cost of living grade: B+ (Median home value: $203,300; Median rent: $1,090)
    Diversity grade: C+
    Crime & safety grade: N/A
    Outdoor activities grade: A-

     

     

     

     

     

  • Georgia: St. Simons
    11/ Ebyabe // Wikimedia Commons

    Georgia: St. Simons

    Population: 13,480
    Overall Grade: A
    Cost of living grade: C+ (Median home value: $344,600; Median rent: $1,159)
    Diversity grade: B-
    Crime & safety grade: N/A
    Outdoor activities grade: A-

     

     

     

     

     

  • Hawaii: Honolulu
    12/ Jirka Matousek // Flickr

    Hawaii: Honolulu

    Population: 401,470
    Overall Grade: B+
    Cost of living grade: D+ (Median home value: $660,200; Median rent: $1,386)
    Diversity grade: N/A
    Crime & safety grade: N/A
    Outdoor activities grade: A-

     

     

     

     

     

  • Idaho: Garden City
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    Idaho: Garden City

    Population: 11,423
    Overall Grade: B+
    Cost of living grade: C+ (Median home value: $188,100; Median rent: $767)
    Diversity grade: B+
    Crime & safety grade: C+
    Outdoor activities grade: A

     

     

     

     

     

  • Illinois: Palos Heights
    14/ Mike F. // Flickr

    Illinois: Palos Heights

    Population: 12,544
    Overall Grade: A
    Cost of living grade: C+ (Median home value: $275,000; Median rent: $1,688)
    Diversity grade: B-
    Crime & safety grade: A-
    Outdoor activities grade: A-

     

     

     

     

     

  • Indiana: North Manchester
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    Indiana: North Manchester

    Population: 6,346
    Overall Grade: A-
    Cost of living grade: A (Median home value: $91,700; Median rent: $650)
    Diversity grade: B
    Crime & safety grade: B
    Outdoor activities grade: B+

     

     

     

     

     

  • Iowa: Algona
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    Iowa: Algona

    Population: 5,496
    Overall Grade: A-
    Cost of living grade: A (Median home value: $115,400; Median rent: $629)
    Diversity grade: C+
    Crime & safety grade: B+
    Outdoor activities grade: B+

     

     

     

     

     

  • Kansas: Prairie Village
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    Kansas: Prairie Village

    Population: 21,824
    Overall Grade: A+
    Cost of living grade: B (Median home value: $228,900; Median rent: $1,243)
    Diversity grade: B-
    Crime & safety grade: B+
    Outdoor activities grade: A-

     

     

     

     

     

  • Kentucky: Flatwoods
    18/ Flatwoods neighbors Boyd County Kentucky (pictured here) — Crunchy_Numbers // Wikimedia Commons

    Kentucky: Flatwoods

    Population: 7,358
    Overall Grade: A-
    Cost of living grade: A- (Median home value: $90,100; Median rent: $711)
    Diversity grade: B-
    Crime & safety grade: A-
    Outdoor activities grade: B

     

     

     

     

     

  • Louisiana: Metairie
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    Louisiana: Metairie

    Population: 144,772
    Overall Grade: A
    Cost of living grade: B (Median home value: $219,300; Median rent: $887)
    Diversity grade: A
    Crime & safety grade: N/A
    Outdoor activities grade: B+

     

     

     

     

     

  • Maine: Kennebunk
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    Maine: Kennebunk

    Population: 11,161
    Overall Grade: A-
    Cost of living grade: C+ (Median home value: $277,500; Median rent: $967)
    Diversity grade: C+
    Crime & safety grade: B+
    Outdoor activities grade: A-

     

     

     

     

     

  • Maryland: Chevy Chase
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    Maryland: Chevy Chase

    Population: 9,618
    Overall Grade: A+
    Cost of living grade: C (Median home value: $887,100; Median rent: $2,374)
    Diversity grade: B
    Crime & safety grade: N/A
    Outdoor activities grade: A

     

     

     

     

     

  • Massachusetts: West Yarmouth
    22/ Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism // Flickr

    Massachusetts: West Yarmouth

    Population: 6,080
    Overall Grade: B
    Cost of living grade: C (Median home value: $283,800; Median rent: $1,305)
    Diversity grade: B
    Crime & safety grade: N/A
    Outdoor activities grade: B+

     

     

     

     

     

  • Michigan: Grosse Pointe
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    Michigan: Grosse Pointe

    Population: 5,256
    Overall Grade: A+
    Cost of living grade: B- (Median home value: $288,800; Median rent: $1,157)
    Diversity grade: B
    Crime & safety grade: B
    Outdoor activities grade: B

     

     

     

     

     

  • Minnesota: Edina
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    Minnesota: Edina

    Population: 49,976
    Overall Grade: A+
    Cost of living grade: C+ (Median home value: $424,500; Median rent: $1,280)
    Diversity grade: B+
    Crime & safety grade: B+
    Outdoor activities grade: A

     

     

     

     

     

  • Mississippi: Diamondhead
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    Mississippi: Diamondhead

    Population: 8,341
    Overall Grade: B+
    Cost of living grade: B+ (Median home value: $157,000; Median rent: $1,045)
    Diversity grade: B-
    Crime & safety grade: N/A
    Outdoor activities grade: B

     

     

     

     

     

  • Missouri: Town and Country
    26/ Town and Country is a suburb of St Louis Metropolitan Area Missouri (pictured here) // Parker Botanical // Wikimedia Commons

    Missouri: Town and Country

    Population: 11,001
    Overall Grade: A+
    Cost of living grade: B- (Median home value: $659,700; Median rent: $1,045)
    Diversity grade: C+
    Crime & safety grade: B+
    Outdoor activities grade: A-

     

     

     

     

     

  • Montana: Lewistown
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    Montana: Lewistown

    Population: 5,868
    Overall Grade: B+
    Cost of living grade: B (Median home value: $104,000; Median rent: $676)
    Diversity grade: B-
    Crime & safety grade: B
    Outdoor activities grade: B

     

     

     

     

     

  • Nebraska: Holdrege
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    Nebraska: Holdrege

    Population: 5,545
    Overall Grade: B+
    Cost of living grade: A (Median home value: $105,500; Median rent: $548)
    Diversity grade: B-
    Crime & safety grade: B
    Outdoor activities grade: C+

     

     

     

     

     

  • Nevada: Winchester
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    Nevada: Winchester

    Population: 27,986
    Overall Grade: B+
    Cost of living grade: B- (Median home value: $128,300; Median rent: $819)
    Diversity grade: A+
    Crime & safety grade: N/A
    Outdoor activities grade: A-

     

     

     

     

     

  • New Hampshire: Gilford
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    New Hampshire: Gilford

    Population: 7,103
    Overall Grade: B+
    Cost of living grade: C+ (Median home value: $240,600; Median rent: $1,018)
    Diversity grade: B-
    Crime & safety grade: B+
    Outdoor activities grade: B+

     

     

     

     

     

  • New Jersey: Fort Lee
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    New Jersey: Fort Lee

    Population: 36,607
    Overall Grade: A+
    Cost of living grade: C- (Median home value: $326,500; Median rent: $1,633)
    Diversity grade: A+
    Crime & safety grade: B
    Outdoor activities grade: A

     

     

     

     

     

  • New Mexico: Los Alamos
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    New Mexico: Los Alamos

    Population: 11,733
    Overall Grade: A+
    Cost of living grade: B- (Median home value: $277,700; Median rent: $933)
    Diversity grade: A-
    Crime & safety grade: B+
    Outdoor activities grade: A

     

     

     

     

     

  • New York: Great Neck Plaza
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    New York: Great Neck Plaza

    Population: 6,924
    Overall Grade: A+
    Cost of living grade: C- (Median home value: $331,500; Median rent: $1,819)
    Diversity grade: A-
    Crime & safety grade: N/A
    Outdoor activities grade: A-

     

     

     

     

     

  • North Carolina: Pinehurst
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    North Carolina: Pinehurst

    Population: 15,522
    Overall Grade: A
    Cost of living grade: C+ (Median home value: $287,400; Median rent: $1,545)
    Diversity grade: C+
    Crime & safety grade: B+
    Outdoor activities grade: C+

     

     

     

     

     

  • North Dakota: Valley City
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    North Dakota: Valley City

    Population: 6,615
    Overall Grade: B+
    Cost of living grade: A (Median home value: $89,800; Median rent: $658)
    Diversity grade: B-
    Crime & safety grade: B-
    Outdoor activities grade: D

     

     

     

     

     

  • Ohio: Bellbrook
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    Ohio: Bellbrook

    Population: 7,082
    Overall Grade: A+
    Cost of living grade: B+ (Median home value: $160,200; Median rent: $988)
    Diversity grade: C+
    Crime & safety grade: A-
    Outdoor activities grade: B+

     

     

     

     

     

  • Oklahoma: The Village
    37/ Oklahoma City —Nyttend // Wikimedia Commons

    Oklahoma: The Village

    Population: 9,310
    Overall Grade: A-
    Cost of living grade: B+ (Median home value: $119,200; Median rent: $1,012)
    Diversity grade: A
    Crime & safety grade: B-
    Outdoor activities grade: C

     

     

     

     

     

  • Oregon: Raleigh Hills
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    Oregon: Raleigh Hills

    Population: 6,046
    Overall Grade: A
    Cost of living grade: C- (Median home value: $577,800; Median rent: $1,022)
    Diversity grade: B+
    Crime & safety grade: N/A
    Outdoor activities grade: A

     

     

     

     

     

  • Pennsylvania: Penn Wynne
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    Pennsylvania: Penn Wynne

    Population: 5,535
    Overall Grade: A+
    Cost of living grade: C (Median home value: $359,500; Median rent: $1,523)
    Diversity grade: A-
    Crime & safety grade: N/A
    Outdoor activities grade: A

     

     

     

     

     

  • Rhode Island: Jamestown
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    Rhode Island: Jamestown

    Population: 5,462
    Overall Grade: A+
    Cost of living grade: C- (Median home value: $563,900; Median rent: $1,708)
    Diversity grade: B-
    Crime & safety grade: A
    Outdoor activities grade: A

     

     

     

     

     

  • South Carolina: Garden City
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    South Carolina: Garden City

    Population: 9,456
    Overall Grade: B+
    Cost of living grade: B+ (Median home value: $120,500; Median rent: $900)
    Diversity grade: C+
    Crime & safety grade: N/A
    Outdoor activities grade: B+

     

     

     

     

     

  • South Dakota: Madison
    42/ Tobin // Flickr

    South Dakota: Madison

    Population: 7,101
    Overall Grade: A
    Cost of living grade: A (Median home value: $110,100; Median rent: $505)
    Diversity grade: B
    Crime & safety grade: B+
    Outdoor activities grade: B+

     

     

     

     

     

  • Tennessee: Bloomingdale
    43/ Sullivan County Tennessee — Jason Riedy // Flickr

    Tennessee: Bloomingdale

    Population: 9,144
    Overall Grade: C+
    Cost of living grade: A- (Median home value: $94,600; Median rent: $587)
    Diversity grade: B-
    Crime & safety grade: N/A
    Outdoor activities grade: C+

     

     

     

     

     

  • Texas: Highland Park
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    Texas: Highland Park

    Population: 8,986
    Overall Grade: A+
    Cost of living grade: C (Median home value: $1,253,600; Median rent: $2,097)
    Diversity grade: C+
    Crime & safety grade: B
    Outdoor activities grade: B+

     

     

     

     

     

  • Utah: Ivins
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    Utah: Ivins

    Population: 7,646
    Overall Grade: B-
    Cost of living grade: C (Median home value: $220,900; Median rent: $1,221)
    Diversity grade: B-
    Crime & safety grade: N/A
    Outdoor activities grade: B+

     

     

     

     

     

  • Vermont: Shelburne
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    Vermont: Shelburne

    Population: 7,623
    Overall Grade: A+
    Cost of living grade: C- (Median home value: $366,800; Median rent: $2,055)
    Diversity grade: C+
    Crime & safety grade: A-
    Outdoor activities grade: A

     

     

     

     

     

  • Virginia: Bridgewater
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    Virginia: Bridgewater

    Population: 5,906
    Overall Grade: A+
    Cost of living grade: B (Median home value: $209,200; Median rent: $820)
    Diversity grade: B-
    Crime & safety grade: A
    Outdoor activities grade: A-

     

     

     

     

     

  • Washington: Ocean Shores
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    Washington: Ocean Shores

    Population: 5,673
    Overall Grade: C
    Cost of living grade: C+ (Median home value: $181,100; Median rent: $843)
    Diversity grade: B-
    Crime & safety grade: B-
    Outdoor activities grade: B+

     

     

     

     

     

  • West Virginia: New Martinsville
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    West Virginia: New Martinsville

    Population: 5,255
    Overall Grade: B
    Cost of living grade: A (Median home value: $91,300; Median rent: $620)
    Diversity grade: C+
    Crime & safety grade: B+
    Outdoor activities grade: B

     

     

     

     

     

  • Wisconsin: Elm Grove
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    Wisconsin: Elm Grove

    Population: 6,085
    Overall Grade: A+
    Cost of living grade: B (Median home value: $355,000; Median rent: $887)
    Diversity grade: C+
    Crime & safety grade: A-
    Outdoor activities grade: A

     

     

     

     

     

  • Wyoming: Cody
    51/ Swampyank // Wikimedia Commons

    Wyoming: Cody

    Population: 9,776
    Overall Grade: A-
    Cost of living grade: B- (Median home value: $207,900; Median rent: $782)
    Diversity grade: B
    Crime & safety grade: B+
    Outdoor activities grade: B

     

     

     

     

     

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