On a global scale, the United States is 24th on the list of the best countries for retirement.

However, the US is very large and experiences can vary drastically within the country.

If you decide to stay in America when you are done working, you might want to know which state is best for retirement. WalletHub recently released their 2018 retirement rankings. Using 41 metrics in three broad categories, they were able to rank every state to find the best and worst places to retire.

The three main categories used were affordability, quality of life, and health care. WalletHub weighted the affordability section 40% and the other two areas were given equal weight of 30%.

Florida tends to be the first state that comes to mind when retirement communities are brought up, and for good reason. The Sunshine State has the highest percentage of residents 65 years and older, WalletHub says. Florida is also tops in the overall affordability category.

Where you decide to live during retirement depends on what you value. Residents of Hawaii have the highest life expectancy, while the lowest is found in Mississippi. On the other hand, the cost of living is totally flipped with Mississippi coming in first and Hawaii ranked last.

If you are looking to be entertained in retirement, New York might be a good option. Despite the state’s lackluster overall rating for retirement, WalletHub’s analysis found that the Empire State has the most museums and theaters per capita.

The same state — Minnesota — can claim to have the best quality of life and health care. However, a low score on the affordability measure kept Minnesota from being one of the best overall states for retirement.

Check out how your home state ranks overall, as well as for each of the three categories: affordability, quality of life, and health care.

50. Kentucky

Bob Krist—Getty Images

Affordability rank: 38

Quality of life rank: 47

Health care rank: 47

49. New Jersey

Newark, New Jersey
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 50

Quality of life rank: 28

Health care rank: 33

48. Rhode Island

Providence (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 48

Quality of life rank: 46

Health care rank: 22

47. Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 10

Quality of life rank: 49

Health care rank: 50

46. Arkansas

JeremyMasonMcGraw.com—Getty Images

Affordability rank: 20

Quality of life rank: 50

Health care rank: 45

45. West Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 16

Quality of life rank: 43

Health care rank: 49

44. Louisiana

New Orleans (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 17

Quality of life rank: 41

Health care rank: 46

43. New Mexico

Santa Fe (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 39

Quality of life rank: 42

Health care rank: 35

42. Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 49

Quality of life rank: 36

Health care rank: 3

41. Alabama

© Allard Schager—Getty Images

Affordability rank: 3

Quality of life rank: 48

Health care rank: 48

40. New York

New York City (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 46

Quality of life rank: 6

Health care rank: 28

39. Vermont

(Getty Images)

Affordability rank: 47

Quality of life rank: 16

Health care rank: 13

38. Maryland

Annapolis, Maryland (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 44

Quality of life rank: 17

Health care rank: 14

37. Georgia

miroslav_1—Getty Images

Affordability rank: 24

Quality of life rank: 37

Health care rank: 42

36. Oklahoma

Tulsa, Okla. (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 7

Quality of life rank: 44

Health care rank: 43

35. Tennessee

© Nina Dietzel—Getty Images

Affordability rank: 5

Quality of life rank: 45

Health care rank: 44

34. Connecticut

The Connecticut State Capitol building in Hartford (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 45

Quality of life rank: 23

Health care rank: 7

33. Nebraska

(Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 41

Quality of life rank: 27

Health care rank: 10

32. Indiana

Evansville, Ind. (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 19

Quality of life rank: 35

Health care rank: 41

31. Illinois

Cloud Gate in Chicago (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 40

Quality of life rank: 13

Health care rank: 32

30. Alaska

Dean Fikar—Getty Images

Affordability rank: 30

Quality of life rank: 39

Health care rank: 26

29. Michigan

Ann Arbor, Mich. (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 33

Quality of life rank: 15

Health care rank: 31

28. North Carolina

(Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 25

Quality of life rank: 19

Health care rank: 36

27. South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 6

Quality of life rank: 38

Health care rank: 40

26. Oregon

(Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 31

Quality of life rank: 25

Health care rank: 23

25. Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 15

Quality of life rank: 40

Health care rank: 24

24. North Dakota

Richard Cummins—Getty Images/Lonely Planet Images

Affordability rank: 35

Quality of life rank: 31

Health care rank: 8

23. Maine

(Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 36

Quality of life rank: 10

Health care rank: 15

22. Texas

John Coletti—Getty Images

Affordability rank: 9

Quality of life rank: 29

Health care rank: 38

21. Washington

Seattle (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 34

Quality of life rank: 12

Health care rank: 18

20. Ohio

Copyright Artem Vorobiev—Getty Images

Affordability rank: 13

Quality of life rank: 18

Health care rank: 37

19. Massachusetts

Boston (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 43

Quality of life rank: 2

Health care rank: 5

18. Missouri

St. Louis (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 12

Quality of life rank: 34

Health care rank: 34

17. Kansas

Topeka, Kan. (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 27

Quality of life rank: 22

Health care rank: 27

16. Nevada

WIN-Initiative—Getty Images/WIN-Initiative RM

Affordability rank: 8

Quality of life rank: 26

Health care rank: 39

15. California

Manhattan Beach, Calif. (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 37

Quality of life rank: 3

Health care rank: 16

14. Pennsylvania

Philadelphia (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 28

Quality of life rank: 4

Health care rank: 30

13. Montana

Mark Miller Photos—Getty Images

Affordability rank: 14

Quality of life rank: 33

Health care rank: 19

12. Wisconsin

Marilyn Angel Wynn—Getty Images/Nativestock

Affordability rank: 32

Quality of life rank: 7

Health care rank: 11

11. Minnesota

Claire Gentile—Getty Images

Affordability rank: 42

Quality of life rank: 1

Health care rank: 1

10. Arizona

(Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 21

Quality of life rank: 21

Health care rank: 17

9. Utah

Park City, Utah (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 22

Quality of life rank: 24

Health care rank: 12

8. Idaho

Boise, Idaho (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 11

Quality of life rank: 20

Health care rank: 25

7. New Hampshire

Nashua, N.H. (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 29

Quality of life rank: 14

Health care rank: 4

6. Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyo. (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 4

Quality of life rank: 30

Health care rank: 29

5. Virginia

Alexandria, VA. (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 18

Quality of life rank: 9

Health care rank: 21

4. Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 26

Quality of life rank: 11

Health care rank: 9

3. South Dakota

Mount Rushmore (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 2

Quality of life rank: 32

Health care rank: 6

2. Colorado

Durango, Colo. (Getty Images)
Getty Images

Affordability rank: 23

Quality of life rank: 8

Health care rank: 2

1. Florida

John Coletti—Getty Images

Affordability rank: 1

Quality of life rank: 5

Health care rank: 20

This article originally appeared on BusinessInsider.com

You May Like

EDIT POST