A new ranking puts New Hampshire at the top of the list for retirement locations because of its low crime and poverty scores, as well as its health and well-being scores.
New York-based personal finance site Finder looked at 32 different rating factors across six categories — health and well-being, affordability, crime and poverty, culture, weather and location — to narrow down its list of best retirement spots.
In five of the six categories, New Hampshire scored in the top 10. The state score was helped by New Hampshire having the lowest burglary rates in the country and the second lowest rates of senior poverty rate, property crime and violent crime. It also had the fifth lowest percentage of the senior population who are food insecure.
New Hampshire ranked third n the health and wellbeing category, which includes healthcare benchmarks for older adults, life expectancy, senior deaths per 100,000 people, and social isolation risk for those 65 and older. Colorado held the top spot in the health and wellbeing category, followed by Delaware.
The only category dragging New Hampshire down was weather and location.
Rounding out the top five states to retire to were North Dakota, Idaho, Maine and Montana.
West Virginia ranked as the worst state for retirees, placing in the bottom for health and well-being, culture, and weather and location.
Rounding out the bottom five locations for retirees were Oklahoma, the District of Columbia, New Mexico and Louisiana.