10 Worst States to Live in During Retirement

These states rank low for people who want to live long, prosperous lives in retirement.

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How will you decide where to spend retirement? There are many variables to consider -- such as where the nearest beach is and how much you'll fork over in taxes -- but your chances of survival may be more important than anything else. You probably want to pick a state where life expectancies run high, crime rates are low, and people tend to prosper. Conversely, you would probably want to avoid states in which life expectancies run lower, crime rates are higher, and poverty is more common.

Bankrate checked out 10 states that rose to the top of the worst-places-to-live list in at least 2 out of 3 of these undesirable categories. These states have many fine qualities, but they may not be the best choice to live in during your golden years. Read on to discover the 10 worst states for retirement.

1. Louisiana

Crime rate: 4,196.5 per 100,000
Percentage of retirees living below poverty: 11.5
Life expectancy: 75.4

2. Georgia

Crime rate: 4,043.8 per 100,000
Percentage of retirees living below poverty: 10.7
Life expectancy: 77.1

3. New Mexico

Crime rate: 4,024.3 per 100,000
Percentage of retirees living below poverty: 12
Life expectancy: 78.2

4. Texas

Crime rate: 4,233.3 per 100,000
Percentage of retirees living below poverty: 10.7
Life expectancy: 78.3

5. Arkansas

Crime rate: 4,064.2 per 100,000
Percentage of retirees living below poverty: 10.2
Life expectancy: 76.1

6. Tennessee

Crime rate: 4,271.2 per 100,000
Percentage of retirees living below poverty: 9.7
Life expectancy: 76.2

7. South Carolina

Crime rate: 4,498.1 per 100,000
Percentage of retirees living below poverty: 9.8
Life expectancy: 76.6

8. Mississippi

Crime rate: 3,254.7 per 100,000
Percentage of retirees living below poverty: 11.9
Life expectancy: 74.8

9. Alabama

Crime rate: 3,894.6 per 100,000
Percentage of retirees living below poverty: 10.7
Life expectancy: 75.2

10. Kentucky

Crime rate: 2,793.9 per 100,000
Percentage of retirees living below poverty: 11.2
Life expectancy: 76.2

Source: The crime rate from the 2010 FBI report, Crime in the United States, reveals the estimated number of property and violent crimes per 100,000 people. The percentage of people ages 65 and older who are below the federal poverty line comes from the 2010 American Community Survey conducted by the Census Bureau. Average life expectancy figures are from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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