Arizona ranked the No. 6 state for retirement

by Patrick Regan

Arizona is the sixth-best state for retirement, according to the Better Benefits Global Retirement Index.

The index measured several factors, including average retirement length and income, percentage of those 65 and older in the workforce and percentage of retiree households with retirement income. 

Arizona’s average retirement length is 16.2 years, which was fifth behind only California, Alaska, New York and Oregon. The average retirement income in Arizona is $30,168 (20th among all states), and 60.5% (18th) of retiree households have retirement income.

The top 10 states for retirement, according to the index, in order: Delaware, Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, Virginia, Minnesota, Alaska and Utah.  

The index also measured the best countries for retirement and included other factors, such as happiness rating, support networks, pensions and life expectancy. 

The best countries for retirement, in order: Iceland, Luxembourg, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, the Netherlands and France. 

Japan has the longest life expectancy at 84.37 years.

The United States was No. 24 in the international rankings. 

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