Miss. an 'unexpectedly best' state for retirement

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Should Mississippi focus on the retirement industry as a significant area for economic growth? Mississippi ranks No. 5 on BankRate.com’s top 10 “unexpectedly best” states for retirement list.

Should Mississippi focus on the retirement industry as a significant area for economic growth?

Mississippi recently ranked No. 5 on BankRate.com’s top 10 “unexpectedly best” states for retirement list.

States were rated on key factors like access to medical care, cost of living, local crime rates, state and local taxes, and weather. The full list:

1. Tennessee

2. Louisiana

3. South Dakota

4. Kentucky

5. Mississippi

6. Virginia

7. West Virginia

8. Alabama

9. Nebraska

10. North Dakota

“The Magnolia State is not just one of the warmest in the U.S., it also has relatively low state and local taxes and a lower-than-average cost of living.

“Those factors make Mississippi an accommodating place for retirees, even though its crime rate is a little higher than average. It also has only 178 doctors per 100,000 people — one of the lowest physician-to-resident ratios in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.”

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