Last year North Dakota was listed as the 10th best state to retire, but in this years list, we are up at #4 and that's despite our winters. published a list of the best states to retire. Last year, North Dakota was in the top 10. This year North Dakota moves up into the top 5.

Here are the livability items they considered to make the list for 2014.


  • cost of living
  • crime rate
  • health care
  • quality
  • state and local tax burden
  • weather
  • personal well-being

Here is the list for 2013.

This is the list for 2014.


The states in the top for 2014 include

  • Wyoming
  • South Dakota
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Nebraska
  • Colorado