A new study from WalletHub says retiring and staying in Kentucky is a bad idea, despite a never-ending supply of bourbon, natural beauty and an indomitable love of horse racing.
According to WalletHub, the Bluegrass State is the worst place to retire, somehow falling below places like New Jersey and Tennessee. The company based its findings on affordability, quality of life and healthcare.
Kentucky didn’t rank last in any individual category and was in the middle of the pack based on numbers provided by WalletHub.
- 31 for an elderly-friendly labor market
- 26 for percent of population 65 & older
- 20 for property crime rate
- 44 for life expectancy
- 35 for healthcare facilities per capita
But in the large categories like quality of life and healthcare, Kentucky ranked 47.
In the quality of life category, WalletHub looked at access to public transportation, mildness of weather, access to scenic byways, the number of museums, theaters and golf courses per capita and shoreline mileage (which seems biased to us landlocked states. Some people like rivers, streams and lush forests, y’all).
Florida, Colorado, South Dakota, Iowa and Virgina snagged the top five slots. Coming in last alongside Kentucky were Arkansas, Mississippi, Rhode Island and New Jersey.