All 50 states ranked for retirement from worst to best

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  • When deciding the best place to retire, it's important to consider affordability, quality of life, and health care.
  • Minnesota is the best for quality of life and healthcare, but has low affordability for retirees.
  • Florida is the best state for retirees, not surprising considering it has the most senior citizens.

On a global scale, the United States is 24th on the list of the best countries for retirement.

However, the US is very large and experiences can vary drastically within the country.

If you decide to stay in America when you are done working, you might want to know which state is best for retirement. WalletHub recently released their 2018 retirement rankings. Using 41 metrics in three broad categories, they were able to rank every state to find the best and worst places to retire.

The three main categories used were affordability, quality of life, and health care. WalletHub weighted the affordability section 40% and the other two areas were given equal weight of 30%.

Florida tends to be the first state that comes to mind when retirement communities are brought up, and for good reason. The Sunshine State has the highest percentage of residents 65 years and older, WalletHub says. Florida is also tops in the overall affordability category.

Where you decide to live during retirement depends on what you value. Residents of Hawaii have the highest life expectancy, while the lowest is found in Mississippi. On the other hand, the cost of living is totally flipped with Mississippi coming in first and Hawaii ranked last.

If you are looking to be entertained in retirement, New York might be a good option. Despite the state's lackluster overall rating for retirement, WalletHub's analysis found that the Empire State has the most museums and theaters per capita.

The same state - Minnesota - can claim to have the best quality of life and health care. However, a low score on the affordability measure kept Minnesota from being one of the best overall states for retirement.

Check out how your home state ranks overall, as well as for each of the three categories: affordability, quality of life, and health care.

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50. Kentucky

50. Kentucky

Affordability rank: 38

Quality of life rank: 47

Health care rank: 47

49. New Jersey

49. New Jersey

Affordability rank: 50

Quality of life rank: 28

Health care rank: 33

48. Rhode Island

48. Rhode Island

Affordability rank: 48

Quality of life rank: 46

Health care rank: 22

47. Mississippi

47. Mississippi

Affordability rank: 10

Quality of life rank: 49

Health care rank: 50

46. Arkansas

46. Arkansas

Affordability rank: 20

Quality of life rank: 50

Health care rank: 45

45. West Virginia

45. West Virginia

Affordability rank: 16

Quality of life rank: 43

Health care rank: 49

44. Louisiana

44. Louisiana

Affordability rank: 17

Quality of life rank: 41

Health care rank: 46

43. New Mexico

43. New Mexico

Affordability rank: 39

Quality of life rank: 42

Health care rank: 35

42. Hawaii

42. Hawaii

Affordability rank: 49

Quality of life rank: 36

Health care rank: 3

41. Alabama

41. Alabama

Affordability rank: 3

Quality of life rank: 48

Health care rank: 48

40. New York

40. New York

Affordability rank: 46

Quality of life rank: 6

Health care rank: 28

39. Vermont

39. Vermont

Affordability rank: 47

Quality of life rank: 16

Health care rank: 13

38. Maryland

38. Maryland

Affordability rank: 44

Quality of life rank: 17

Health care rank: 14

37. Georgia

37. Georgia

Affordability rank: 24

Quality of life rank: 37

Health care rank: 42

36. Oklahoma

36. Oklahoma

Affordability rank: 7

Quality of life rank: 44

Health care rank: 43

35. Tennessee

35. Tennessee

Affordability rank: 5

Quality of life rank: 45

Health care rank: 44

34. Connecticut

34. Connecticut

Affordability rank: 45

Quality of life rank: 23

Health care rank: 7

33. Nebraska

33. Nebraska

Affordability rank: 41

Quality of life rank: 27

Health care rank: 10

32. Indiana

32. Indiana

Affordability rank: 19

Quality of life rank: 35

Health care rank: 41

31. Illinois

31. Illinois

Affordability rank: 40

Quality of life rank: 13

Health care rank: 32

30. Alaska

30. Alaska

Affordability rank: 30

Quality of life rank: 39

Health care rank: 26

29. Michigan

29. Michigan

Affordability rank: 33

Quality of life rank: 15

Health care rank: 31

28. North Carolina

28. North Carolina

Affordability rank: 25

Quality of life rank: 19

Health care rank: 36

27. South Carolina

27. South Carolina

Affordability rank: 6

Quality of life rank: 38

Health care rank: 40

26. Oregon

26. Oregon

Affordability rank: 31

Quality of life rank: 25

Health care rank: 23

25. Delaware

25. Delaware

Affordability rank: 15

Quality of life rank: 40

Health care rank: 24

24. North Dakota

24. North Dakota

Affordability rank: 35

Quality of life rank: 31

Health care rank: 8

23. Maine

23. Maine

Affordability rank: 36

Quality of life rank: 10

Health care rank: 15

22. Texas

22. Texas

Affordability rank: 9

Quality of life rank: 29

Health care rank: 38

21. Washington

21. Washington

Affordability rank: 34

Quality of life rank: 12

Health care rank: 18

20. Ohio

20. Ohio

Affordability rank: 13

Quality of life rank: 18

Health care rank: 37

19. Massachusetts

19. Massachusetts

Affordability rank: 43

Quality of life rank: 2

Health care rank: 5

18. Missouri

18. Missouri

Affordability rank: 12

Quality of life rank: 34

Health care rank: 34

17. Kansas

17. Kansas

Affordability rank: 27

Quality of life rank: 22

Health care rank: 27

16. Nevada

16. Nevada

Affordability rank: 8

Quality of life rank: 26

Health care rank: 39

15. California

15. California

Affordability rank: 37

Quality of life rank: 3

Health care rank: 16

14. Pennsylvania

14. Pennsylvania

Affordability rank: 28

Quality of life rank: 4

Health care rank: 30

13. Montana

13. Montana

Affordability rank: 14

Quality of life rank: 33

Health care rank: 19

12. Wisconsin

12. Wisconsin

Affordability rank: 32

Quality of life rank: 7

Health care rank: 11

11. Minnesota

11. Minnesota

Affordability rank: 42

Quality of life rank: 1

Health care rank: 1

10. Arizona

10. Arizona

Affordability rank: 21

Quality of life rank: 21

Health care rank: 17

9. Utah

9. Utah

Affordability rank: 22

Quality of life rank: 24

Health care rank: 12

8. Idaho

8. Idaho

Affordability rank: 11

Quality of life rank: 20

Health care rank: 25

7. New Hampshire

7. New Hampshire

Affordability rank: 29

Quality of life rank: 14

Health care rank: 4

6. Wyoming

6. Wyoming

Affordability rank: 4

Quality of life rank: 30

Health care rank: 29

5. Virginia

5. Virginia

Affordability rank: 18

Quality of life rank: 9

Health care rank: 21

4. Iowa

4. Iowa

Affordability rank: 26

Quality of life rank: 11

Health care rank: 9

3. South Dakota

3. South Dakota

Affordability rank: 2

Quality of life rank: 32

Health care rank: 6

2. Colorado

2. Colorado

Affordability rank: 23

Quality of life rank: 8

Health care rank: 2

1. Florida

1. Florida

Affordability rank: 1

Quality of life rank: 5

Health care rank: 20

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