Customize Your Own Worst Retirement States

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Use these lists to customize your own “Worst Retirement States” list for 2012. For example, if you don’t have much income to be taxed, you can factor out the states with the highest income taxes. The fact of the matter is you won’t see enormous differences – most of the worst states are balanced in being unattractive to retirees for a number of reasons.

Ignore Fiscal Health
These are the worst retirement states if you do NOT want to consider fiscal health considerations:
1. CT
2. VT
3. MA
4. RI
5. NJ
6. MN
7. IL
8. NY
9. WI
10. NE

Ignore Property Taxes
These are the worst retirement states if you do NOT want to consider property taxes:
1. IL
2. CT
3. RI
4. MN
5. MA
6. VT
7. NJ
8. NY
9. WV
10. WI

Ignore Income Taxes
These are the worst retirement states if you do NOT want to consider income taxes (in other words, these states either do not have an income tax or it would not negatively affect our hypothetical couple):
1. IL
2. NH
3. NJ
4. CT
5. RI
6. NY
7. VT
8. MA
9. MN
10. CA

Ignore Climate
These are the worst retirement states if you do NOT want to consider climate:
1. CT
2. IL
3. RI
4. MA
5. VT
6. NJ
7. MN
8. CA
9. OR
10. NH

Ignore Cost of Living
These are the worst retirement states if you do NOT want to consider cost of living:
1. CT
2. IL
3. RI
4. MN
5. WI
6. MA
7. VT
8. NJ
9. WV
10. NE

Posted by Admin on January 10th, 2012

5 Comments »

  1. [...] If these are not key factors for you, your list might look very different. Also new this year is a page where you can customize your “worst states” list by eliminating criteria that might not [...]

    by » Worst States to Retire 2012: Northeast and Midwest Come Up Losers Topretirements — January 10, 2012

  2. Where is the best place for a single retiree that has less than $50K income?

    by Audra McKay — January 11, 2012

  3. RI must really suck when it appears twice on a list :razz:

    Jamba Man – Good eyes! Thanks for pointing out that error on the “Ignore Income Tax” chart. Correcting that error meant several positions were affected. The chart is now corrected.

    by Jamba Man — January 19, 2012

  4. NH does not have a state income tax.

    Editor’s note: Correct. That is why we said it is one of the worst states for retirement – IF you ignore the income tax factor.

    by DS — February 8, 2012

  5. Is there an option where I can plug in the name of a state and have the criteria used to determine worst and best applied to that state?

    by PeggyM — June 7, 2012

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