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April 8, 2017 9:00 AM
The Golden State was ranked among the worst this year, landing at No. 42. (Photo of Downtown Palm Springs, California, by Colleen C. Harrington/News 12 Interactive)
Bankrate.com released its 2017 "Best and Worst States to Retire" list, a ranking of states according to their cost of living, crime rate, health care quality, tax burden, personal well-being for seniors and weather. Here are the top 10 and bottom 10 states from the annual report. (Full rankings at Bankrate.com)
In 2016, New York ranked dead-last on the list. This year, it improved to a fairly more respectable spot at No. 37.
The Granite State sealed its spot at No. 1 this year with its great health care quality, relatively low crime rates and good overall well-being for senior citizens. (Photo of Beaver Lake at White Mountain National Forest by Colleen C. Harrington/News 12 Interactive)
Outside of its pricey resort towns, Colorado offers a low cost of living, great health care quality and good overall wellbeing for seniors, according to Bankrate.com. (Photo of Denver sunset by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Pine Tree State landed near the top for its health care system that's been graded the best in the nation. A high population of seniors means retirees can easily find friends their age, and the relatively low crime rate is also a positive factor. (Photo of Bar Island off the coast of Bar Harbor, Maine, by Colleen C. Harrington/News 12 Interactive)
Home prices are well below the national average in the Hawkeye State. It also offers good health care quality and low crime rates. (Photo of a farm in Fredericksburg, IA by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Great health care quality, low cost of living and good overall well-being for seniors added up to Minnesota landing at No. 5. The state does face harsh winters, however. (Photo: Hazeltine National Golf Club is seen on October 1, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
A low cost of living coupled with decent weather and relatively low crime rates put Virginia at No. 6 this year. (Photo of Shenandoah Park by KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
Plenty of culturally rich activities beckon in the Bay State, and seniors can also enjoy good health care quality and relatively low crime rates. Those pluses outweighed the state's somewhat higher costs and colder winters. (Photo of an artist painting Gloucester Harbor in Gloucester, MA by John Moore/Getty Images)
No state income tax? Check. Good overall wellbeing? Check. Variety of weather conditions? Check. South Dakota landed at No. 8 on Bankrate.com's list this year. (Photo of Mt. Rushmore by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Despite the frigid winters, good quality of health care and a low cost of living landed Wisconsin at No. 9 on the 2017 list. (Photo of Lake Michigan harbor, overlooking Milwaukee, during the annual Independence Day fireworks display. Credit: Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
A low cost of living, good overall well-being for seniors and relatively low crime rates gave Idaho a sunny spot in the top 10 for this year. (Photo of the 2015 Sun Valley Film Fest by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
While it has among the lowest costs of living in the country, its poor health care quality and overall well-being for seniors landed Mississippi at No. 41 this year. (Photo: Ventress Hall is seen on the campus of the University of Mississippi. Credit: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Its sunny weather couldn't overcome the high cost of living and heavy taxes. Shortcomings in California's health-care system were also cited in its low-ranked spot at No. 42. (Photo of the scenery in Downtown Palm Springs by Colleen C. Harrington/News 12 Interactive)
Poor health care quality and overall well-being landed the Sooner State at No. 43, although it does rank third-best for cost of living. (Photo of McAlester, Oklahoma, via Google Street View)
This state's health care system was ranked worst in the nation, and its crime rates also contributed to its ranking. It does offer warm weather and a cheap cost of living, however. (Photo of the view near Red Rock Canyon outside Las Vegas, Nevada by Colleen C. Harrington/News 12 Interactive)
Bankrate.com cited low scores in culture and lack of fun things to do, coupled with low overall well-being for seniors and poor health quality. (Photo: The Kentucky Exposition Center is seen in Louisville, Kentucky. Credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
High crime rates and poor health care quality contributed to Louisiana's ranking at No. 46 on the list, unchanged from its 2016 ranking. (Photo of New Orleans' French Quarter by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
FBI data gives New Mexico the worst crime rate in the nation. The state also faces poor health care quality, Bankrate.com says. (Photo: Hot air balloons soar over the Rio Grande during the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Arkansas residents do enjoy a low cost of living, but the state still received lower-than-average marks in crime, health care and overall well-being. (Photo of Hot Springs, Arkansas, via Google Street View)
While West Virginia enjoys a low cost of living and plenty of outdoor activities, the state received among the worst scores in the country for personal well-being. It also didn't fare well in health care, landing it at No. 49, unchanged from its 2016 ranking. (Photo of Harpers Ferry, WV, by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Cold weather, sparse populations and poor health care quality were among the reasons that Alaska was ranked the worst state in the nation to retire for 2017. (Photo of Anchorage, AK by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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