Fixed Income Strategies

Here are the best places in every state to live in retirement

Key Points
  • With an average Social Security benefit of $1,369 a month per person, retirees have access to $25,000 less than the median U.S. income each year.
  • GoBankingRates.com surveyed the U.S. to find the most stable, affordable spot in each state for fixed-income living.
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Personal finance website GoBankingRates.com compiled a list of the best place in each U.S. state for retired workers to live. According to the website, the average Social Security benefit for retirees in 2017 was $1,369 a month, which adds up to $16,428 in annual benefits for single people and $32,856 for couples. That's around $25,000 less than the median U.S. household income.

"Living on a fixed income basically means you're solely or almost entirely dependent on funds like Social Security, pensions and inheritance — with little to no flexibility in the amount you're paid each month," reports GoBankingRates' Gabrielle Olya. Unstable costs, including a volatile housing market, can be especially challenging to deal with on a fixed income, she added.

If you rely mostly — or only — on a fixed income, here are the best cities, towns and rural spots across the country for you:

• Alabama: Decatur

Alaska: Palmer

Arizona: Sierra Vista

Little Rock, Arkansas
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Arkansas: Little Rock

California: Hanford

Colorado: Fort Collins

New Haven, Connecticut
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Connecticut: New Haven

Delaware: Felton

Florida: Bradenton

Georgia: Columbus

Hilo, Hawaii
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Hawaii: Hilo

Idaho: Twin Falls

Illinois: Champaign-Urbana

Indiana: Angola

Des Moines, Iowa
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Iowa: Des Moines

Kansas: Topeka

Kentucky: Danville

Louisiana: Lafayette

Augusta, Maine
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Maine: Augusta

Maryland: Hagerstown

Massachusetts: Worcester

Michigan: Midland

Mankato, Minnesota
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Minnesota: Mankato

Mississippi: Tupelo

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Missouri: Springfield

Montana: Great Falls

Nebraska: North Platte

Ruby Crest National Recreation Trail, Elko, Nevada
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Nevada: Elko

New Hampshire: Berlin

New Jersey: Absecon

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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New Mexico: Albuquerque

New York: Corning

North Carolina: Fayettesville

Fargo, North Dakota
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North Dakota: Fargo

Ohio: Port Clinton

Oklahoma: Elk City

Oregon: La Grande

Little League World Series Museum, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania: Williamsport

Rhode Island: Providence

South Carolina: Columbia

Rapid City, South Dakota
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South Dakota: Rapid City

Tennessee: Morristown

Texas: College Station

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Utah: Provo

Vermont: Rutland

Virginia: Lynchburg

Washington: Wenatchee

Parkersburg, West Virginia
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West Virginia: Parkersburg

Wisconsin: Watertown

Wyoming: Riverton