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Short of great: Banking site rates Arizona 16th-best place to retire

PHOENIX -- A report from Bankrate.com ranked Arizona as the 16th-best state for retirement.

The report gave Arizona high marks for its weather (fifth in the nation) but its high crime rate (10th-highest) and midtier health care quality (29th) bump it from the top 10.

Bankrate also factored in the cost of living and tax burden.

South Dakota came out on top because of its low tax burden, low crime rate and high wellness score. Rounding out the top five were Colorado, Utah, North Dakota and Wyoming.

The five states that ranked the worst for retirement were New York, West Virginia, Alaska, Arkansas and Hawaii.

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About the Author


Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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