What are the best states for retirees? When compiling a list of recommendations, experts in the past have often cited states like Florida and Arizona due to their nearly year-round sunshine and recreational offerings. But there are other issues -- and places -- to consider. Bankrate.com pored through a variety of key factors including access to medical care, cost of living, crime rates, taxes -- as well as climate -- and has come up with its own list of 10 best states for retirement in 2013.
Chris Kahn, the Bankrate.com research and statistics analyst who prepared the report, told Huff/Post50 that the company's research came up with some surprising answers.
"A lot of Appalachian states popped up at the top of the list," he said. "Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia... they really hit the sweet spot of having relatively warm temperatures, low cost of living, moderate to low taxes and access to medical care. Some did have a higher-than-average crime rate, however."
To see Bankrate's complete list of the 10 best states for retirement, check out the slideshow below. And let us know what you think in comments.
Of course, other evaluations have come up with different locales. Forbes' list of best retirement spots from 2013 includes places like Athens, Georgia and Ames, Iowa. And Business Insider's list of 21 best places to retire in the world from 2013 includes countries such as Italy and Slovenia.