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Please Don't Retire In These 10 US States

When it comes to choosing a place for retirement, factors like cost of living, tax, health care, crime and more will directly impact your life quality. You may want to avoid the 10 states below because they rank as the least attractive for retirees.

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1. New York

Cons: Cost of living is 29% above the U.S. average; Average healthcare costs for an aged 65+ couple is above average at $397,107; Expensive health care and housing; heavy traffic;

Pros: New York is relatively safe; Three of the best ten hospitals in the country for geriatrics.

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2. New Jersey

Cons: Cost of living is 22% above the U.S. average; Average healthcare costs for an aged 65+ couple is above average at $403,420; The average rent costs $1,527 per month (67% higher above the national average); Retiree health care costs rank third-highest of all states.

Pros: Relatively safe.

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3. California

Cons: Cost of living is 15% above the U.S. average; Average healthcare costs for an aged 65+ couple is above average at $394,831; Retirement income is fully taxed; 1 in 10 Californians age 65 and over are living in poverty.

Pros: Social Security benefits; Beautiful sunshine and beach

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4. Connecticut

Cons: Cost of living is 29% above the U.S. average; Average healthcare costs for an aged 65+ couple is above average at $402,594; Real estate taxes are the second-highest in the country; Taxes on Social Security benefits; Most retirement income is fully taxed.

Pros: High household income; Low poverty rate for residents age 65.

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5. Illinois

Cons: Cost of living is 4% above the U.S. average; Average healthcare costs for an aged 65+ couple is above average at 398,927; High state and local taxes; Weighty long-term debts.

Pros: Retirement income sources like 401(k) plans and individual retirement accounts are exempt from taxes.

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6. Massachusetts

Cons: Cost of living is 17% above the U.S. average; Average healthcare costs for an aged 65+ couple is above average at $413,007; Most retirement income is taxed at 5.1%.

Pros: Social Security benefits are exempt from tax since 2016.

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7. Rhode Island

Cons: Cost of living is 13% above the U.S. average; Average healthcare costs for an aged 65+ couple is above average at $392,592; All sources of retirement income are taxed at ordinary rates; The state sales tax is 7%.

Pros: Above-average incomes for older residents; Social Security taxes are exempt since 2016.

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8. Montana

Cons: The lowest average household income for residents age 65+; Cost of living is 1% above the U.S. average; Most forms of retirement income are taxed.

Pros: Big Sky Country; Great Falls; Below average health care costs for a retired couple; Yellowstone and Glacier national parks.

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9. West Virginia

Cons: The state has earned the title of "Most Miserable State" for six years; Poor health situation and care of its 65+ population; Financial problems; Dying coal industry; Lack of jobs; One of the least educated state.

Pros: Low cost of living which is 3% below the U.S. average; Average health care costs for an aged 65+ couple is below average too.

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10. Minnesota

Cons: Cost of living is 2% above the U.S. average; Average healthcare costs for an aged 65+ couple is above average at $387,007; Social Security benefits are taxed; Most other retirement sources are taxed. High state's sales and income taxes; Cold winters and hot summers.

Pros: Abundant health care providers; It has 10,000 lakes; 72 state parks and recreation areas.
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