This Is the Worst State for Retirement in 2015
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This Is the Worst State for Retirement in 2015

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If you’re among the 60 percent of Americans who want to move during retirement, you might want to cross Arkansas off your list.

The Natural State ranked 50th on a new list of the Best Places to Retire in 2015 from Bankrate. The analysis found that despite the state’s low cost of living and outdoor recreation, Arkansas has below-average weather, crime, health care, taxes and well-being.

SLIDESHOW: 10 Worst States for Retirement in 2015

Wyoming, by comparison, took the top spot on the list, which weighted each factor based on a national survey of what people value in retirement. That survey found that 40 percent of Americans want access to mountains, rivers and other outdoor recreation, while a quarter fancy living by a beach.

“Deciding where to live in the golden years is still a very personal decision,” research and statistics analyst Chris Kahn said in a statement. “This list is meant to help inform rather than choose a state for you. For example, if you want to retire on the beach and need top-notch health care, this can help narrow down your choices.”

The one thing the list doesn’t take into account is the location of friends and family. Nearly a quarter of those surveyed said that being close to family was an important factor in where they planned to retire.

Of course, if living near family is not a priority, you might ignore this list entirely and instead check out some of the amazing places abroad where you can live out your golden years.

Click here to see the 10 Worst States for Retirement in 2015

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