10. Idaho

2019 rank: 6

Crime: 226.4
Cost of living: 93.3
Pop. 60 and older: 20.6%
Avg. property prices: $298,257
Life expectancy: 79.5
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9. Illinois

2019 rank: 19

Crime: 438.8
Cost of living: 94.9
Pop. 60 and older: 20.3%
Avg. property prices: $204,839
Life expectancy: 79
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8. Pennsylvania

2019 rank: 11

Crime: 313.3
Cost of living: 102.4
Pop. 60 and older: 23.7%
Avg. property prices: $198,377
Life expectancy: 78.5
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7. Nebraska

2019 rank: 5

Crime: 305.9
Cost of living: 91.6
Pop. 60 and older: 20.7%
Avg. property prices: $178,938
Life expectancy: 79.8
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6. Wisconsin

2019 rank: 4

Crime: 319.9
Cost of living: 96.4
Pop. 60 and older: 22%
Avg. property prices: $202,676
Life expectancy: 80
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5. Texas

2019 rank: 29

Crime: 438.9
Cost of living: 91.9
Pop. 60 and older: 16.8%
Avg. property prices: $211,199
Life expectancy: 78.5
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4. Ohio

2019 rank: 16

Crime: 297.5
Cost of living: 92.8
Pop. 60 and older: 22.3%
Avg. property prices: $153,593
Life expectancy: 77.8
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3. Iowa

2019 rank: 1

Crime: 293.4
Cost of living: 91.9
Pop. 60 and older: 22.4%
Avg. property prices: $154,727
Life expectancy: 79.7
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2. Minnesota

2019 rank: 2

Crime: 238.3
Cost of living: 101.5
Pop. 60 and older: 20.8%
Avg. property prices: $263,708
Life expectancy: 81.1
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1. Florida

2019 rank: 9

Crime: 408
Cost of living: 98.2
Pop. 60 and older: 25.6%
Avg. property prices: $252,309
Life expectancy: 79.4
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One in five Americans is now older than 60, and U.S. citizens’ life expectancy is 78.7 years, Blacktower Financial Management Group reported Tuesday, citing U.S. Census Bureau and World Bank statistics.

As more Americans live longer, thanks to improved health care, medicines and lifestyle changes, they are thinking about where they would like to spend their retirement years.

Blacktower ranked the 50 states according to their desirability for retirement, based on several criteria that are certain to influence people’s decision. The rankings are an updated version of the firm’s 2019 study.

Researchers calculated the index first by normalizing the data categories individually from 0 to 1 and then summing the results:

  • Crime: the state with the highest rate of crime (per 100,000) would be weighted closer to 0
  • Cost of living: the state with the highest cost (on a 100-point scale) is weighted closer to 0
  • Population 60 and older: lower percentage of population is weighted closer to 0
  • Property prices: higher property prices are weighted down
  • Life expectancy: lower expectancy longevity is weighted down

Some states maintained their 2019 positions in the top 10, others fell out and a couple leap-frogged into the elite group. See the gallery above for the 10 best states for retirement.

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