If there was way to design the worst place for retirees, Alaska would win. Alaska is beautiful and quirky, but the combination of high prices on everything, including real estate and year around winter make it impossible to recommend to retirees. Even though the state has no income tax, there’s nothing Alaska could do to move it up our list.
Do you love the cold? Does the idea of over-paying for an igloo to watch whales and polar bears excite you? Then Alaska might be the retirement spot for you. In all seriousness, it pains us to talk bad about Alaska because it’s a wonderful place.
In every single metric that we think matters to retirees, Alaska fails except income tax. It’s got the nation’s worst weather, high sales taxes, high real estate prices, the 3rd highest cost of living in the country, below average health care option, high crime and it’s positioned to make travel difficult.
Best Retirement Cities reviewed all 50 states against 10 different retirement criteria to determine what was truly the best state to retire to.