Washington ranked No. 8 state for retirement, according to RetirementLiving analysis

by Patrick Regan

Washington ranks No. 8 in RetirementLiving’s 2022 Best States for Retirement report.

The annual report uses 13 data sources and reader feedback to measure states on cost of living, quality of life, health care and other categories, then tallies the results to determine the rankings.

Washington ranked No. 6 in reader feedback and affordability. It was No. 21 for quality of life and No. 37 for health care.

“Despite the high house prices, Washington remains affordable. There’s no tax on any income, but you should review local taxes before choosing a city for retirement as this cost is very high in some locations,” said the report, which noted the state’s natural beauty and eco-consciousness. 

The top 10 states on the 2022 list are, in order: Florida, New Hampshire, Arizona, North Carolina, Alaska, Texas, South Dakota, Washington, Nebraska and Alabama.

The worst state for retirement, according to the rankings, is Illinois.

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