Picking the best place to retire isn't easy. Retirement desires run the gamut, from beach villas to big-city condos, from lakeside cabins to wine-country retreats. In a bid to offer something for everyone, we picked 50 great places to retire—one per state—to ensure a diverse mix of choices.
In selecting a great place to retire in each state, we weighed several factors. Some were financial, such as typical living costs for retirees—health care costs in particular—and taxes. Others involved lifestyle, from the availability of things to do to the number of retirement-age people close by to do things with. We also considered safety and access to quality health care.
Cost of living for retirees: 8.7% below U.S. average
Share of population 65+: 14.3%
Virginia 's tax rating for retirees: Mixed
Lifetime health care costs for a retired couple: Below average at $388,548
Take a hike. Really. Retiring in Roanoke, between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, provides outdoorsy types with more than 600 miles of nearby trails. For the less actively inclined, you can still enjoy the views with a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Or sample tastes from the wide selection of local breweries and wineries.
Retiree living costs look just as good, falling below average in every category. Housing-related expenses for retired residents typically run 11.7% below the national average. Across all ages, the median home value in the city is $134,700, far less than the $244,600 median for the state.