32 best, worst states for retirement in 2019

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Deciding where to spend your retirement can be overwhelming, as the choices seem endless. While several studies rank best and worst states for retirement, there are often discrepancies among them, according to MoneyWise.

MoneyWise, a digital personal finance publication, used three annual studies that rank the best and worst states for retirement to create a master list. They used studies from personal finance websites Bankrate and WalletHub and personal finance magazine Kiplinger to develop average rankings for each state.

The 16 best states for retirement in 2019:

1. South Dakota
2. Florida
3. New Hampshire
4. Utah
5. Virginia
6. Idaho
7. Wyoming
8. Iowa
9. Colorado
10. North Dakota
11. Delaware
12. Missouri
13. Hawaii
14. Pennsylvania
15. North Carolina (tie)
15. Nebraska (tie)

The 16 worst states for retirement in 2019:

1. Maryland
2. New York
3. New Mexico
4. Louisiana
5. Rhode Island
6. New Jersey
7. Connecticut
8. West Virginia
9. Illinois (tie)
9. California (tie)
11. Kentucky
12. Vermont (tie)
12. Arkansas (tie)
14. Oregon
15. Oklahoma (tie)
15. Alaska (tie)

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