West Virginia is a the retirement community’s best kept secret. West Virgina ranks #3 overal for retirement population and it’s no wonder with above average scores in every metric we could think of that matters to retirees. Abover average income tax, super low real estate prices, low cost of livin gand low crime to name a few. West Virginia will give you the full brunt of all 4 seasons including the occassional snow in, but if that doesn’t bother it’s a state worth considering for retirement.
West Virginia is beautiful and that’s not a metric that anyone can define. If you’re considering West Virginia as a retirement option, you’re not the only one, as it ranks 3rd overall for retirement population, and has below average crime, and affordability in both cost of living and real estate prices. West Virginia is above average when it comes to taxes as well. West Virginia will give you all 4 seasons but is still more moderate than anything north of it, especially when you consider that you’re nestled in the Appalachian mountains.
West Virginia, for retirees, suffers from the same sorts of problems a lot of states in the middle of the country face. That is, they offer good affordability at the expense of having infrastructure to support a large health care system. In addition, some of the states make it difficult to travel around the country because they lack an airport of an appropriate size. Compare a one way trip from Atlanta to London with a multi-legged trip from Charleston, West Virginia capitol and largest city.
Best Retirement Cities reviewed all 50 states against 10 different retirement criteria to determine what was truly the best state to retire to.