It’s never too soon to think about retirement. If you’re sixteen and halfway through your first shift bagging groceries, you’re probably longing for the days where you can do nothing all-day every day. If you’re at the end of a 60-hour workweek in your mid-40s, only to come home to screaming children and bratty teenagers, that beautiful retirement age can’t come soon enough. If the age is within reach, it probably doesn’t feel like you’ll ever be able to grab it.
Fear not. The day will come sooner than you want. But when it hits, what then? What are you going to do after a week of boredom? Where are you going to live now that you’re not tied down to a job? Where’s your family at? Are you moving closer or further away? Are you going to move closer to the city or are you ready to just get away from everything? And of course, you’re going to need to consider how your future home treats retirees. Every state does it differently, and you’ve got fifty to sort through. Lucky for you, we did the hard work. This list will tell you the states you really should think about and the states you should actively avoid. These are the best and the worst.