I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that a major drawback to retiring in Alaska is the weather. There’s heavy snowfall, frigid winters, and two months of darkness in some parts of the state. And, believe it or not, Alaska also gets hit by the occasional flood and earthquake.
When it comes to finding peers, you’ll be pretty much out of luck as Alaska has the second-lowest percentage of seniors, just behind Utah. Visiting family on the mainland will be much more difficult to do as well since the state is so far away from the rest of the country.
Additionally, you’ll have to pay more for groceries and other items that need to be transported to the state.
Ah, sunny California. This should be one of the best states for retirees, right? Wrong. According to RetirementLiving, both independent housing and senior care facilities are very pricey. The average home price is $505,000, and nursing home care costs $9,817 a month. Plus, your yearly expenses as a retiree would come out to $71,809.
But that’s not all. Many factors can threaten both your health and your property. For one thing, California’s air quality is poor. Additionally, California is one of the most disaster-prone states in the country. It makes sense, after all, with all of those earthquakes and wildfires.
Plus, there are also volcanoes in the northern part of the state, tsunamis in some low-lying coastal communities, landslides during rainstorms, persistent droughts, persistent heat waves and blizzards in the mountains.