America's Best States to Retire In

16. Missouri

Senior couple skiing cross-country in the field
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Missouri features hot summers and cool winters.

With over 1,000 miles of gorgeous coastline encircling its lakes, highly-ranked hospitals and a strong brewing and wine industry, Missouri has a lot to offer retirees.

You can enjoy laid-back, country living not far from the big-city amenities of St. Louis and Kansas City. Missouri's agreeable climate features hot summers, cool winters and more than 200 days of sunshine.

Bankrate says the cost of living in Missouri is among the lowest. The state does tax Social Security income and pensions, says SmartAsset, but housing is fairly affordable.

Great communities for retirees include Blue Springs, with its many parks, great health care center and a median home value of $175,100; and the college town of Springfield, with a median home price of $131,100.

15. Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pa. USA, Sept. 16, 2017: senior citizens talking at the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum. Sept. 16, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pa. USA
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Philadelphia is a great place for senior history buffs.

Pennsylvania has a livable four-season climate with hot and humid summers in the southeast, a pleasant fall and a genuine winter.

With its busy cities, pretty natural surroundings and easy access to New Jersey’s beaches, Pennsylvania will never bore you. Retirees will love the Keystone State's low 6% sales tax and no taxes on retirement income or medication.

The town of Lancaster was ranked No. 2 on U.S. News and World Report's 100 best places to retire in America. It has a bustling downtown core, quaint shopping districts, a high-performing hospital and affordable homes.

For a big city, Pittsburgh has a relatively low cost of living and a ton of history, entertainment and amenities. Philadelphia offers top-notch health care, good public transportation, a major international airport and a highly walkable layout.