Best States Retirement – Surprising Results

A list of the best states for retirement in this year and beyond. We ranked 10 places around the United States that offer a quality lifestyle and where housing is affordable. This is a list has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country.

Best States Retirement:

Durham, North Carolina, comes in first-place and would rank as the retirement Mecca even without Duke University’s stellar lifelong-learning program. State residents enjoy four seasons — but without them being too extreme. Homes are affordable, the area is dotted with golf courses and parkland, and the region is home to a renowned university medical center.

Hanover, NH ranks #2. New England is chock full of charming villages. But few are as welcoming to retirees as Hanover, home of Dartmouth College and its 20-year-old senior education program.

Lexington, Kentucky ranks #3. The downtown area boasts plenty of entertainment options for those in retirement, including the circa-1922 Kentucky Theatre — which shows independent and classic films — the Lexington Farmers Market, dozens of restaurants, and the Rupp Arena, home to the university’s storied basketball program. Plus, for the equestrian minded, the city isn’t far from Kentucky’s famed horse country and is just 90 minutes from Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.

Prescott, AZ ranks #4 and is a popular retirement destination 100 miles north of Phoenix, is dotted with Victorian homes, 19th-century Whisky Row saloons, and a leafy Courthouse Plaza. With the world’s oldest rodeo and more than 800 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, the town’s cowboy heritage is hard to miss.

Here’s the full list of states.

1. Durham, NC
2. Hanover, NH
3. Lexington, KY
4. Prescott, AZ
5. Bellingham, WA
6. Boise, ID
7. St. Petersburg, FL
8. Huntsville, AL
9. Austin, TX
10. Tucson, AZ

This list has a variety of different climates around the country. All of these places are great for retirement. These are the best states.