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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
2/gtokgoz // Flickr

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
3/James Crippen // Flickr

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
4/John Menard // Flickr

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
6/ John Lambert Pearson // Flickr

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
7/OneofThem // Wikimedia Commons

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
13/Kencf0618 // Wikimedia Commons

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
15/Nyttend // Wikimedia Commons

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
16/Carptrash // Wikimedia Commons

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
17/Paulmcdonald // Wikimedia Commons

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
19/Megastealer // Wikimedia Commons

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
20/Dudesleeper // Wikimedia Commons

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
21/Farragutful // Wikimedia Commons

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
23/Ken Lund // Flickr

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
24/Thomson200 // Wikimedia Commons

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
27/Mike Cline // Wikimedia Commons

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
28/Ammodramus // Wikimedia Commons

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
30/Magicpiano // Wikimedia Commons

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
31/Hou-ou // Wikimedia Commons

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
32/AllenS // Wikimedia Commons

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
34/Dan Perry // Flickr

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
36/Nyttend // Wikimedia Commons

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
41/Johnsonar2 // Wikimedia Commons

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
44/Renelibrary // Wikimedia Commons

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
45/Ken Lund // Wikimedia Commons

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
46/John Phelan // Wikimedia Commons

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
47/Strawser // Wikimedia Commons

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
49/Mike Tewkesbury // Flickr

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
50/Porterhse // Wikimedia Commons

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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