Illinois is a state that just isn’t going to win any awards for retirees and that’s too bad. It’s not horrible, it’s got above average taxes (meaning they are lower than the average), relatively affordable real estate and cost of living, a decent health care system and even weather that is tolerable. Illinois is a state that makes ranking the best state to retire to tough because it simply doesn’t stand out. It’s not bad but it not great either which is why it’s 26th on our list.
Illinois also has a thriving arts and culture scene, with a variety of museums, galleries, and performing arts venues. Additionally, the state has a diverse range of landscapes, from the rolling hills of the Shawnee National Forest to the bustling streets of Chicago. If you were considering Illinois for retirement it’d be for the combination of affordability in housing, cost of living and low taxes. Additionally, the health care system is adequate.
The kids have an expression, “meh,” meaning, “average, or boring.” Retiring to Illinois is “meh” It has extremely average numerical metrics and with the exception of higher than average sales taxes we can’t find a reason to recommend or not recommend Illinois.
Best Retirement Cities reviewed all 50 states against 10 different retirement criteria to determine what was truly the best state to retire to.