Arizona’s desert climate makes the state a popular pick among retirees. “Yuma gets more sunshine than any other location tracked by the government, while Phoenix and Tucson are nearly as bright,” according to Bankrate. Arizona also earned the second highest wellness score in the country.
Potential retirees should note, however, that the crime rates are just as high as the state’s temperatures. FBI crime reports indicate that Arizona had 416.5 violent crimes and 3,399 property crimes per 100,000 residents, making its violent crime rate the 10th highest in the country and its property crime rate the sixth highest in the country.