Idaho ranked 6th for retirees

Feb 1st, 2016 | By | Category: Pack your bags

By Journal Staff

Idaho was ranked sixth in the U.S. for best states to live in retirement, according to wallethub.com.

The ranking considered factors such as affordability, quality of life and available health care. The No. 1 state in the nation was Florida, followed by Florida, Wyoming, South Dakota, South Carolina and Colorado.

The worst places for retirees were Rhode Island, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Connecticut and Vermont. Montana and Nevada both made the top 10 at 8 and 9, respectively. Utah was ranked 23rd and Washington, 24th.

Affordability was based on the adjusted cost of living, taxes on pensions and Social Security and the annual cost of in-home services.

Quality of life was determined by the percentage of the population age 65 and older, the friendliness of the labor market for older workers, mild weather, the number of theaters, museums, music venues and golf courses per capita, adult volunteer opportunities and the crime ranking. Drinking water and air quality were also considered.

In terms of health care, factors included the number of general practitioner physicians, dentists, nurses and health care facilities per 100,000 people. The ranking of public hospitals, emotional health, life expectancy and the death rate for people over 65 were also taken into consideration.

The top possible score was 100 for a combination of the categories and Idaho earned a 62.19.

The Gem State was ranked 10th for affordability, 32nd for quality of life and 29th for heath care.

The full results of the study can be found at: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-states-to-retire/18592/#main-findings.

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