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12 Worst States for Retirement: 2021

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A new report from WalletHub indicates that affordability is a major consideration for many Americans anticipating retirement, and influences where they can comfortably retire.

In 2019, a quarter of non-retired adults had not saved any money for retirement, some through no fault of their own. Last year, the damaging financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic made saving unlikely for many. As a result, 1 in 4 people now expect to retire later than they anticipated.

The WalletHub report noted that besides affordability, quality of life and health care are also factors in retirees’ decision where to spend their twilight years. Some states are much more retirement friendly than others.

In order to identify the most and least friendly ones, WalletHub compared the 50 states across the key dimensions of affordability, quality of life and health care, evaluating those dimensions using 45 relevant metrics.

Researchers graded each metric on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for retirement. They then calculated each state’s weighted average across all metrics to determine its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order the states. See the gallery above for WalletHub’s 12 worst states to retire in 2021.

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