Arizona ranked No. 3 state for retirement, according to RetirementLiving analysis

by Patrick Regan

Arizona ranks No. 3 in RetirementLiving’s 2022 Best States for Retirement report.

The annual report uses 13 data sources and reader feedback to measure states on cost of living, quality of life, health care and other categories, then tallies the results to determine the rankings.

Arizona ranked No. 3 in reader feedback, No. 25 for quality of life, No. 26 for affordability and No. 47 for health care.

Arizona rose from the ninth spot last year to the third-best state for retirement for 2022,” the report said. “The state offers affordable living and a warm, dry climate that draws many retirees. The typical Arizona retirement community is established on a golf course and includes a gym and pool.”

The top 10 states on the 2022 list are, in order: Florida, New Hampshire, Arizona, North Carolina, Alaska, Texas, South Dakota, Washington, Nebraska and Alabama.

The worst state for retirement, according to the rankings, is Illinois.

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