List of 10 best states for retirement comes with two surprises — Iowa and Nebraska made the rankings

A low cost of living, low crime rates and top healthcare options make Nebraska a top state for retirees.

A low cost of living, low crime rates and top healthcare options make Nebraska a top state for retirees.

by Dan Rafter

Is retirement nearing? Then you might want to stay put in the Midwest. A recent feature story from Bankrate ranked the 10 best states for retirement living. And two Midwest states — despite their chilly winters — actually ranked highly.

The states that rank high boast low costs of living, strong healthcare systems, low crime rates, low taxes and plenty of sun.

You might think that last part eliminates all of the Midwest. But no.

Nebraska ranked 10th on the Bankrate list. A strong healthcare system and low cost of living helped the state earn this spot, according to Bankrate. The state also ranks high when it comes to a well-being score measured by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

Iowa came in sixth place on the rankings. Low crime rates, low cost of living and quality healthcare are the bonuses here. Bankrate reports that Iowa’s healthcare system ranks as the fifth-best in the United States, according to research from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Those were the only two “official” Midwest states on the list. But nearby states such as Idaho, South Dakota and Wyoming — more West than Mid, but still, not on the coasts — also made Bankrate’s list. In fact, not one traditional Sunbelt southern state ranked in the top 10.

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