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The 10 Best States for Retirement (Regrets to Florida)

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No 10: North Dakota

Surprised? But once you get past the weather—North Dakota is the coldest of the lower 48—the Peace Garden State begins to look, well, livable. Its low crime rate and number of hospital beds rank second best in the nation, and the government in Bismarck takes less than 9 percent of your income.

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