Number crunching alone can't tell you where to retire. That's a choice you'll ultimately need to make on your own. But identifying the places that hold the lowest appeal for retirees can at least help narrow your search.
We rated all 50 states based on quantifiable factors that are important to many retirees. Our rankings penalized states with high living expenses—especially taxes and health care costs—and rewarded states with relatively prosperous populations of residents age 65 and up. We also ranked states lower if their populations are medically unhealthy, or if the state has fiscal health problems (red ink in state budgets could lead to tax hikes and program spending cuts for seniors).