Louisiana and Arkansas Ranked in Bottom 10 of Best States for Retirement

West Monroe -- Louisiana and Arkansas are home to many retirees, but a new ranking says both states are bad for retirees.

Louisiana was ranked 7th worst, while Arkansas was ranked 4th worst.

Bankrate.com looked at several factors to determine which states offer the best quality of life for seniors. The factors include local weather, cost of living, crime rate, health care quality, tax burden and well-being (a measurement from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index that quantifies how satisfied residents are with their surroundings).

South Dakota came out on top due to its low tax burden, low crime rate and high wellness score. Other states that round out the top five best states to retire are Colorado, Utah, North Dakota and Wyoming.

Bankrate cites the high crime rate in Louisiana. According to Bankrate, Louisiana also posted poor health care quality scores and a low ranking on the Gallup-Healthways' wellness survey.

In ranking Arkansas, Bankrate says the Natural State is certainly easy on the wallet, but struggles in every other category. It had the third-highest crime rate, the sixth-lowest rating for wellness and the eighth-lowest health quality scores. It also had above-average state and local taxes, with a combined rate of 10.3 percent, according to the Tax Foundation.

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