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12 Best States for Retirement in 2021

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The end of a career raises important questions about where and how to spend retirement years when one is no longer tied to a specific location.

These may include specific locations for weather or preferred activities, cultural opportunities and proximity to family, friends and health care providers.

“Deciding where to retire is a deeply personal choice, and a state-by-state index can’t capture every factor that matters to you,” Bankrate.com analyst Jeff Ostrowski said in a statement. “Some people want to stay close to family and friends. Others want warmer winters, more affordable housing or a slower pace of life.”

Ostrowski said retirees or those about to leave the workforce should carefully consider various factors before making a move.

Bankrate.com, a consumer financial services company, ploughed through a bevy of statistics on cost of living, public health and other metrics in the 50 states to provide objective answers to the where-to-retire question.

To construct its rankings of the best states for retirement in 2021, Bankrate researchers examined several public and private datasets for information related to the life of a retiree. They examined five categories, assigning a 40% weighting to affordability, 20% to wellness, 15% to culture, 15% to weather and 10% to crime.

See the gallery for the 12 best states for retirement and how they ranked in each category.

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