10 Worst States to Retire In?

English: Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville,...
English: Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just saw Bankrate’s  list of the 10 worst states for retirees.  Of course, my beloved home state of Tennessee was #7.  Not to mention most of the south was racked up as being bad for older people who are looking for a good place to spend their senior years.

Paul Gattis of the Hunstville Times has an interesting argument about this. (Alabama made the list too.)

Rattle and Snap
Rattle and Snap (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He points out all the states listed were judged on only three criteria.  The criteria included the crime rate, number of people over 65 below the federal poverty line and the life expectancy rate.

Here’s my rebuttal.

What about climate?  Tennessee has mild winters that are almost pleasant.  Not on Florida’s scale of course, but good.

Tennessee does not have a state income tax.  It is one of only six states that can make that claim.

Last but not least, it’s really pretty.  It has a lot of interesting places to visit, especially in the fall.  The small stuff, off the tourist pathways such as Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House in Lynchburg, down the road from Jack Daniel’s. (It’s in a dry county, by the way).  You can also visit the Hermitage Plantation, Belle Meade Plantation and Rattle and Snap Plantation if you’re into those.  Rattle and Snap was won in a card game; hence the name.  Not to mention Gatlinburg, the Memphis Zoo,  Chattanooga Aquarium.

There are lots of things for seniors to do in Tennessee even if BankRate doesn’t agree.   See the official Tennessee Tourism website.

But then there are other lists out there such as AARP’s.  Its list of the 10 Worst States for Retirees  is totally different.  Most of the unlucky states that made that list are in the North and Midwest.

Maybe it all boils down to where you want to retire.   Interesting concept…


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