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Forget Florida. Study says retirees should look north. Iowa, anyone?

Florida doesn't crack the top 10 among best states to retire, according to Bankrate. 
[Kipplinger file photo]
Florida doesn't crack the top 10 among best states to retire, according to Bankrate. [Kipplinger file photo]
Published Mar. 30, 2017

Florida, the retirement mecca of the United States?

Not according to the number-crunchers at Bankrate. Florida and other sunspots came up woefully short in Bankrate's latest ranking of the best and worst states to retire.

Florida wound up a relatively mediocre #17, knocked down by lower ratings in categories like health care quality, crime and cost of living.

For a full breakdown:Where are the best and worst states to retire?

The consumer financial services company gave the top nod to New Hampshire, noting it "probably won't be the best place to work on your tan, but it will provide many of the necessities for a comfortable and sustainable retirement." Rounding out its top 10: Colorado, Maine, Iowa, Minnesota, Virginia, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Idaho… yes, Idaho!

No word on how many sunbirds will take the advice to flock to the north when they reach their golden years.