By Brian Entin BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Boynton Beach 2-year-old Bella Natale can't talk, walk or eat on her own. Her diagnosis is a mystery, and because her family does not have a wheelchair van, itMore >>
Boynton Beach 2-year-old Bella Natale can't talk, walk or eat on her own. Her diagnosis is a mystery, and because her family does not have a wheelchair van, it is difficult for her to leave their home.More >>
Friday, August 1 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-08-01 20:51:50 GMT
A Petal man has a $100,000 bond and is behind bars charged with aggravated assault and armed robbery. Michael Lewis was apprehended by members of the US Marshall task force along 7th street in HattiesburgMore >>
A Petal man has a $100,000 bond and is behind bars charged with aggravated assault and armed robbery.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:38:38 GMT
The Evansville Police Department says a man is arrested after an attempted robbery early Tuesday morning. EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob aMore >>
EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob a customer at a west side gas station.
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:16 AM EDT2014-07-31 06:16:48 GMT
One of Hinds County's Most Wanted is in custody. Forty-eight year old Daisy Lee Shannon was arrested on a tip following our Most Wanted segment on the Wednesday 6 p.m. report of WLBT News.Shannon, whoMore >>
One of Hinds County's Most Wanted is in custody. Forty-eight year old Daisy Lee Shannon was arrested on a tip following our Most Wanted segment on the Wednesday 6 p.m. report of WLBT News.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 12:32 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:32:22 GMT
Jackson Police Department has confirmed that 21-year-old Jonathan Fairley has been arrested and charged for the murder of Jabari Day. 19-year-old Day was shot and killed on a playground on Lilly Street,More >>
19-year-old Day was shot and killed on a playground on Lilly Street, in west Jackson on May 20th.More >>
By Melanie Hicken updated 12:18 AM EDT, Mon May 6, 2013
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Despite its overwhelming popularity with retirees, Florida may not be the best place to spend your golden years, according to a report released by Bankrate Monday.
Instead, Tennessee and Louisiana topped Bankrate's list of the 10 most retiree-friendly states, which equally weighted cost of living, taxes, access to healthcare, crime rates and climate.
Some chillier spots, including Nebraska and North and South Dakota also made the list. They may not be dream retirement destinations, but these states are actually ideal for retirees because of their lower taxes and cost of living and lack of crime, according to Bankrate, a financial information website.
"If you can bear [South Dakota's] temperatures, it's a pretty good place to live on a fixed income," said Chris Kahn, an analyst at Bankrate.
Florida, meanwhile, is notably absent from the top 10. While it boasts warm weather and reasonable state and local tax rates, a relatively high cost of living and crime rate sunk the "Sunshine State" to nineteenth place, Kahn said.
These 10 states, however, offer a better balance between affordability and quality of life in retirement, according to Bankrate.
1. Tennessee: Not only does it have a Florida-like climate, but Tennessee also boasts the second lowest cost of living in the country. Combined with a low tax burden and great access to medical care, Tennessee is ideal for retirees living on fixed incomes, Kahn said. The only downside: the state has one of the country's highest crime rates.
One of the state's oldest towns, Sevierville, Tenn., provides close access to a national park where retirees can picnic, hike and fish, and it's an easy drive to Knoxville.
2. Louisiana: Another balmy locale, the state has an average temperature of 66.7 degrees -- behind only Hawaii and Florida for warmest average climate. Louisiana residents also enjoy low taxes, above-average access to medical care and a relatively cheap cost of living. Like Tennessee, though, it suffers from a crime rate that is among the nation's highest.
3. South Dakota: It may not be a retirement hot spot, but Bankrate says it should be. The state has the country's lowest crime rate, and an estimated state and local tax burden of just 7.6% -- lower than every state but Alaska. The downside: with an average temperature of 46 degrees over the past 30 years, it's pretty darn cold there.
For small town lovers, Aberdeen, S.D. holds a renowned film festival and has a historic downtown that plays host to farmers markets, haunted walking tours and holiday parades.
4. Kentucky: The Bluegrass State is one of many Appalachian states to dominate Bankrate's top 10. While it may not have Florida's sunny beaches, it does boast an extremely low cost of living, warmer-than-average temperatures and a below-average crime rate.
In Louisville, retirees can stay active by walking or biking on the Louisville Loop, a pedestrian path set to eventually cover more than 100 miles. The smaller town of Danville, Ky. meanwhile, is ideal for horse lovers.
5. Mississippi: Beyond its warm weather, Mississippi also provides cheap living costs and a lower tax burden. But retirees may want to choose where they live carefully: the state has a high crime rate and subpar access to medical care. It has only 178 doctors per every 100,000 residents -- almost 100 less than the national average.
6. Virginia: This coastal state came in above average for most factors that Bankrate analyzed, including climate, access to healthcare and cost of living. Its crime rate is one of the lowest in the country, with only 2,446 property and violent crimes per 100,000 people.
An affordable college town, Lynchburg, Va. offers the beauty of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as historic Civil War sites.
7. West Virginia: Another Appalachian state, West Virginia is boosted onto the list by low crime, a cheaper cost of living and above-average access to medical care. Still, it has a colder climate than some of the other states.
8. Alabama: Warm temperatures, low state and local taxes and a relatively low cost of living all pushed Alabama into the top 10. Yet it suffers from below-average access to medical care and a relatively high crime rate, with 4,026 crimes per 100,000 people -- almost double that of Virginia.
Home to the University of Alabama, Huntsville, Ala. offers botanical gardens and nature preserves and 19th century architecture. Near the Georgia border, Fort Payne, Ala. is a quintessential small town with activities that include an annual fiddling convention and a stop at the "world's largest yard sale."
9. Nebraska: Beyond its cornfields, Nebraska offers excellent access to hospital care, a below-average crime rate and living costs among the country's cheapest. But with a lower than average temperature, it's another state for retirees who don't mind the cold.
10. North Dakota: Like neighboring South Dakota, this state is not for retirees looking for warm weather. But it does have the second lowest crime rate in the nation, a mild estimated tax burden of 8.9% and 5 hospital beds available for every 1,000 residents.
To compile the list, Bankrate analysts ranked climate using average temperatures over 30 years (1981-2010) and valued cost of living with statistics from the Council for Community and Economic Research. Taxes were ranked using the Tax Foundation's analysis of state and local tax burdens. Access to healthcare was based on hospital beds per 1,000 residents and doctors per 100,000 residents from the Kaiser Family Foundation and U.S. Census Bureau, while crime rates were ranked using violent and property crimes per 100,000 people from the 2011 FBI Uniform Crime Report.
Friday, August 1 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-08-02 00:20:06 GMT
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of deserving local children who'll be participating in a back-to-school rally this weekend can thank some gridiron warriors for a little extra gift they'll be receiving. TheMore >>
Dozens of deserving local children who'll be participating in a back-to-school rally this weekend can thank some gridiron warriors for a little extra gift they'll be receiving.More >>
Friday, August 1 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-08-02 00:06:52 GMT
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Folks who want to take chance on owning a brand new home for $100 while helping the United Way have just over two weeks to do so. The last day for ticket sales in the 12th annualMore >>
The last day for ticket sales in the 12th annual Home Sweet Home Raffle is Aug. 17.More >>
Friday, August 1 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-08-01 23:29:11 GMT
The P.A.C.E. Head Start agency's regional director Willie Sims broke the silence on Monday about the suspended program. The agency is on a 30-day suspension for improperly reporting sex allegations. TheMore >>
The P.A.C.E. Head Start agency's regional director Willie Sims broke the silence on Monday about the suspended program.
The agency is on a 30-day suspension for improperly reporting sex allegations.More >>
Friday, August 1 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:27:16 GMT
Under some rainy conditions, Southern Miss football opened fall camp this morning at the Joe P. Park practice facility. The Golden Eagles are coming off a productive spring and summer, welcoming severalMore >>
Under some rainy conditions, Southern Miss football opened fall camp this morning at the Joe P. Park practice facility.More >>
Friday, August 1 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:42:08 GMT
Laurel Police want to alert the public about a phone scam that is targeting grandparents in the Pine Belt. Two Laurel residents have already fallen victim to the scam and have lost a significant amountMore >>
Laurel Police want to alert the public about a phone scam that is targeting grandparents in the Pine Belt. More >>
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