Which are the happiest states and why? Does it have to do with weather? I’m sure with the grueling winter weather in the northern states this year, people are thinking “sunbelt.” But, surprisingly, climate seems to be less of a factor than geography. All of the states in the top 10 are in the Western half of the country. Does it have to do with taxes? There seems to be a reverse correlation between taxes and happiness, as one might expect, but it is not 100%. While there are several tax-free … [Read more...] about 10 Happiest States: The Happiest Will Surprise You!
Last week, I wrote about the 10 Worst States for Retirement, based on a piece in USA Today. This week, let’s look at the 10 Best Places for Retirement in 2014, according to Bankrate.com. The ranking lists the following states: 10. Virginia Virginia ranked well because it had relatively low taxes, cost of living, and crime and a moderate climate. 9. Iowa Iowa ranked well because of exceptional health care and low costs. 8. Idaho Idaho ranked well because of a low cost of living, low crime, … [Read more...] about 10 Best States for Retirement