How does a state that’s almost miserable rank so highly in a best state to retire to list? Wisconsin offers you low crime and above average affordability if you’re a retiree. High taxes and the 11th worst weather make it hard for us to want to recommend Wisconsin to retirees.
While Wisconsin does have a high state income tax, it offers an exemption on social security. Along with above average affordability in real estate and overall cost of goods, the state boasts the 9th best health care system. Wisconsin offers that unique combination of good retirement options, low cost of living, affordablie housing and low crime that will work for any retiree that doesn’t work and doesn’t mind living in a state that features winter for more months than summer.
You ever watch an NFL game where they talk about the frozen tundra and act like you’re watching a football game in the antartic? That’s Wisconsin, the frozen tundra. Truthfully, Alaska is by far worse, but at least you can look at polar bears and glaciers. In all seriousness, if you’re considering Wisconsin to retire to you’ll need to be ready for fierce winters and a high income tax. There are a good number of retirement communities, which is what we’d recommend if you have to retire there.
Best Retirement Cities reviewed all 50 states against 10 different retirement criteria to determine what was truly the best state to retire to.