When it comes to retirement states, Utah is one of those surprises. As we did our research we were certain that Utah would rank higher. After all that digging we’re not sure where the positive impression came from. It’s got average income taxes with few exemptions, high sales tax, the nations 6th most expensive rela estate and tough winters. It does have a low cost of living which is impressive as high real estate costs typically come with high cost of living. Utah does offer retirees a low crime rate and good health care. What is interesting is that Utah has the fewest retirees per population. We suspect that’s because the population growth is younger and not because retirees are shying away from it.
If you’re considering retiring to Utha, you in for one of the more affordable states that you could reitre to. Utah also has great health care options, ranking number 14 out of 50 for best state with the best health care options. And last but not least, it has a very low crime rate, ranking number 12 out of 50 for best state with the lowest crime rate.
If you’re retiring to Utah be prepared to pay for the real estate and to carry the load tax wise. There aren’t a ton of retirement communities in Utah so retirement amenities are few and far between (but they are present). Utah is cold but beautiful, so if you can “weather” the weather then it might be a good option.
Best Retirement Cities reviewed all 50 states against 10 different retirement criteria to determine what was truly the best state to retire to.