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Retiring to Alabama? State Among Worst in Nation, Website Says

By: Paul Gattis Email
By: Paul Gattis Email

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Retiring to Alabama is a bad idea and, in fact, anywhere in the Deep South for that matter.

That's according to Bankrate.com, which put together a list of the 10 worst states to retire to live out the rest of your days.

Of the 10 states listed, five are in the Deep South.

The list, in fact, looks much like the Southeastern Conference. Along with Alabama, the states include Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, Arkansas, Kentucky and Texas. Only New Mexico is outside of the SEC's college sports' footprint.

Bankrate.com used three criteria to determined states for retirees to avoid.

"You would probably want to pick a state where life expectancies run high, crime rates are low and people tend to prosper," the website said at the opening of its slide-show rankings.

All the states listed had "at least two out of three of these undesirable categories."

For Alabama, the website listed the life expectancy to be 75.2 years.

The crime rate was at 3,894 per 100,000 people and 10.7 percent of retirees live below the poverty line.

But take heart, Alabama and the rest of the do-not-retire-there list: "These states have many fine qualities" -- which is nice of them to say -- "but they may not be the best choice to live in during your golden years."


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