Yesterday I wrote an article about how much the housing market has grown in Idaho. One interesting find in the article was that most people that are moving to Idaho are making their new home in Boise. When I think of why people are moving here, I think about quality of life. The biggest selling point in my mind is all the outdoor activities that are available here. Everything from hunting, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking and the list goes on and on. The one thing I didn't take into consideration is how many people are retiring in Idaho. I've got news for you, after this WalletHub study that ranks Idaho in the top 10 places to retire gets out,  I have a feeling the number of people moving to Idaho is going to increase. Check out the list and WalletHubs methodology below.

Methodology

In order to identify the most retirement-friendly states, WalletHub compared the 50 states across three key dimensions: 1) Affordability, 2) Quality of Life and 3) Health Care.

2021's Best States to Retire

Overall Rank StateTotal Score Affordability Quality of Life Health Care 
1Florida61.094628
2Colorado60.9413165
3Delaware58.6952922
4Virginia58.6111723
5North Dakota57.4924186
6Montana57.35122215
7Idaho57.28161125
8Utah57.1121426
9Minnesota56.333732
10New Hampshire56.293019
11Wyoming56.19141329
12Missouri54.64203612
13South Dakota54.04222618
14South Carolina53.1833741
15North Carolina53.14192434
16Iowa52.683488
17Arizona52.49152835
18Hawaii52.4038301
19Wisconsin52.24321516
20Vermont51.394853
21Michigan51.33312117
22Ohio51.10252331
23Nebraska50.55361910
24Nevada50.4473940
25Alaska49.7939334
26Georgia49.3394242
27Alabama49.2014548
28California48.98293130
29Massachusetts48.8644219
30Indiana48.85263437
31Washington48.7543107
32Pennsylvania48.64351232
33Maryland48.3741914
34Louisiana48.2784643
35Tennessee48.1624947
36Kansas47.84273239
37Maine47.71461411
38Arkansas47.5464845
39Oregon47.02422013
40Oklahoma46.47174444
41Illinois45.88402721
42Texas45.85284038
43Connecticut44.35472520
44West Virginia44.12184150
45Kentucky43.78234346
46Rhode Island42.85453824
47New Mexico42.68334736
48Mississippi41.88105049
49New York41.86491727
50New Jersey37.41503533

Note: With the exception of “Total Score,” all of the columns in the table above depict the relative rank of that state, where a rank of 1 represents the best conditions for that metric category.

 

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