According to national retirement planners, Alaska is the second-worst state in the country for retirees. The national study put Oregon last, with scores based on the number of hospital beds and doctors in each state, as well as crime rates, cost of living, and temperatures.
As expected, Alaska ranked lowest for average temperature, with a chilly 35.9 degrees. Hawaii was highest at 76.4 degrees.
State taxes were also part of the calculations, but in that area Alaska topped the charts. State and local taxes in the 49th state were listed as 7 percent, compared to over 12 percent in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
The studies also note that Alaska is the only state that does not collect state sales tax or levy an individual income tax on any type of personal income, either earned or unearned.
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