Kentucky is the 11th best state state to retire to. It has low taxes, good weather, and low cost of living. It also has a high retiree population and low crime rate. The only downside is that it does not have the below average health care options. Arkansas (number 10) and Kentucky look almost identical in terms of affordability and for real estate pricing, however, Kentucky’s above average income tax is less favorable for retirees that wish to work.
When it comes to retirement options, you could do far worse than Kentucky. With low taxes, great weather, the lowest prices for real estate in the country and low cost of living it’s easy to see why so many people would choose Kentucky to retire to. Unlike Arkansas, it has the 11th lowest crime in the nation, it’s kind of like a land-locked South Carolina.
Kentucky ranks highly in pretty much every category but if you plan to work then expect to share more of your income with the state than other retirement options. Additionally, travel to and from Kentucky will likely require a plane ride, making it less convenient overall. For all it’s accollades, Kentucky’s below average health care might be the reason the retirement population is below average.
Best Retirement Cities reviewed all 50 states against 10 different retirement criteria to determine what was truly the best state to retire to.