Florida is not the best state to retire, or even among the Top 15, according to a study by Bankrate.
The methodology used was cost of living, weather, health care quality, crime, tax, culture, seniors (prevalence of other seniors), and well-being.
Somehow, Florida ranked 17th overall, questionably placing 18th in weather, the latter due to high air conditioning bills and a “relatively small number of clear days.” Florida fared especially poor in Crime (39th).
New Hampshire topped the list, followed by Colorado, Maine, Iowa, and—gasp—Minnesota. Last place was Alaska, bringing up the rear in categories like weather and percentage of senior citizens.