Florida still ranks top for retirement according to a new report from the folks at WalletHub. They just released their annual list, 2023’s Best States to Retire. If you thought Florida was number one, think again. The Sunshine State holds the #2 spot this year. We surrendered the top slot to Virginia. Yes, Virginia, you are good for retirement.

When it comes to retiring there are two key factors to consider–when and where. The “when” is getting harder for American’s. According to this report 25% of non-retired adults have not saved ANY money for retirement. If that is you, start making plans now. It’s never too late to save. However, the longer the wait, the harder it can be to hit your goals. For the “where” part, even in the most affordable places, you’ll need to rely on more than your Social Security benefits to make ends meet.

About the ranking

Focusing on the where a little more. To come up with the latest rankings, WalletHub’s team of researchers compared 47 key metrics in all 50 states. Some of those metrics include things like retirement-friendliness and health-related factors. It also looks at the overall quality of life then offers a score.

Before we get the best states for retirement, there are a few that you should for sure avoid. Alabama is among the worst according to this report. It has the lowest adjusted cost-of-living index for retirees. Then there is West Virginia. That state has the lowest median annual cost of elderly housekeeping.

The worst five states to retire according to these findings are New York, Oklahoma, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Kentucky,

Florida still ranks top for retirement. Here is how the rest of the top ten looks.

  • #10 North Dakota

    Yes it is cold, but it also ranks high in the quality of life category. Overall, the state got a score of 53.03



  • #9 Idaho

    Lots of wide open space and good healthcare here. Idaho gets a score of 53.20

  • #8 Minnesota

    Another bitter cold, but beautiful state. It scores well in the affordability category. Overall it gets. 53.50 points

  • #7 South Dakota

    Also good in the quality of life category, this state gets 53.61 points

  • #6 New Hampshire

    You might not think this Northeast state is affordable, but apparently it is for seniors or retirees. 55 is the score

  • #5 Delaware

    Delaware’s overall score is 55.49

  • #4 Wyoming

    Healthcare gets big numbers here. Wyoming gets a 55.60 score


  • #3 Colorado

    Beautiful Colorado comes in #3 with 57.41

  • #2 Florida

    Florida doesn’t rank great in quality of life believe it or not, but it’s good enough to secure the 3@ spot. 57.43
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  • #1 Virginia

    Virginia is not just for lovers, as the state’s moniker says. Apparently it’s great for retirees too. 57.55 is the score.


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