The Bankrate "Best and Worst States to Retire" rankings score every state in the nation on separate, weighted scales for cost of living, crime rate, health care quality, state and local tax burden, personal well-being for seniors, and weather.
Fortune contributor Chris Morris notes that Wyoming came out No. 1, eclipsing typical retirement Meccas such as Arizona and Florida. Wyoming's low cost of living, below-average crime and strong well-being scores fueled its performance in the standings. Morris writes:
In fact, the Western half of the country had an exceptionally strong showing in the survey.
Coastal Virginia was the lone eastern state among the other Top 5, all four of them land-locked Rocky Mountain states.