Many of us will consider relocating when we retire. But we may not be packing the sunscreen and swimsuits when we do. States like Florida and Arizona used to be synonymous with retirement, but not anymore.
That's because weather is only one of several factors retirees consider when choosing a place to spend their retirement years. Other factors, like cost of living and access to healthcare, are more important in making a decision on where to spend the rest of your life.
Cold-weather states may not be the best places to work on your golf game or take up paddle boarding, but they do offer better cultural amenities, lower tax and crime rates and large senior populations. And, yes, weather also is a factor, but cost of living and quality of healthcare options are far more important to people planning for retirement.
These are the best and worst states for retirement.