(04/24/2012)
West Virginia ranks 29th of 50 states as best places to retire.

MoneyRate.com looked at such factors as crime rate, climate, longevity and economic conditions, including taxes, job opportunities and cost of living, to compile the rankings.

Some of the bottom dwellers might come as a surprise.

MoneyRate.com weighted these factors based on the results of a poll that asked readers to rank them in terms of importance for retirement.

Based on reader responses, economics determined 47 percent of a state's final score, climate accounted for 33 percent, life expectancy determined 12 percent and crime accounted for 8 percent.

The 10 Best States:

1. Texas
2. Kentucky
3. Oklahoma
4. Iowa
5. Louisiana
6. Virginia
7. Mississippi
8. South Dakota
9. Tennessee
10. Kansas

The Ten Worst States:

41. Wisconsin
42. New York
43. Washington
44. Rhode Island
45. Maryland
46. Alaska
47. Connecticut
48. Massachusetts
49. Michigan
50. Maine


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