TIE: #1 New York
While you likely think immediately of New York City when you think of New York, this state is actually quite big — and it has a lot to offer. While the city itself might not be your speed, the state of New York is home to plenty of suburban cities and impressive natural sights. But don’t let that sway you, as New York is one of the most expensive places you could choose to live.
Like California, New York is extremely expensive. That’s why it’s a terrible choice for retirees looking for a new hometown. New York’s cost of living is 22 percent higher than the national average. And if you live in New York City, that skyrockets to 138 percent more than the national average.
And there are other reasons to avoid New York if you’re a senior citizen. It’s considered one of the worst states for seniors’ costs. You’ll be highly taxed and have to pay extremely high prices for healthcare, nursing homes, and any other necessities you need as you grow older.