It is so refreshing that California, the land of the Winter sunshine and warmth, recently wasn’t selected as one of the 10 wost places to retire in the U.S. Not that anyone bases their decisions on polls! Three new states made the list while 3 departed, including Nevada and California (bad financial shape and high property taxes, but almost no income tax on prototypical senior couple, plus a great climate). California has gotten a bad wrap in polls. Recently Americans said California is one of the least loved states. It also has some of the most polluted cities in the U.S. But still, people continue to move to California and its population continues to grow annually by hundreds of thousands.
In the 2012 survey of worst states to retire the most important factors were fiscal health, property taxes, income taxes, cost of living, and climate. Each criterion was worth up to 1 negative point. For survey details see TopRetirements.com .
WORST U.S. STATES TO RETIRE 2012: