States with sunny beaches and warm climates, like Florida, can be very attractive, especially when Wyoming is zero degrees and its blowing and snowing sideways. Yet the two states are very similar, in that they are both great places to live out the rest of your life.

WalletHub compared the 50 states to find which

lets you keep more money in your pocket without requiring a drastic lifestyle change. To find that permanent, affordable place to call home.”

Using indicators of retirement-friendliness, including affordability, health-related factors and overall quality of life, they came to this conclusion.



  1. Florida, ranked #1 for affordability, 11th for quality of life, and #24 health care
  2. Wyoming, ranked 4th in affordability, #25 quality of life, and #19 in health care
  3. South Dakota, 15th for affordability, #33 quality of life, and #2 health care

    1. Rhode Island
    2. Alaska
    3. District of Columbia.


Here are the full rankings.