A news item with a link on The Advocate’s web page lists the 10 worst states to retire in. The list includes Louisiana and several other beautiful states in the Southeast. The originators of the story rated states according to the life expectancy of people in the state, crime rate and rate of poverty.
The rating was obviously skewed to bring a preordained conclusion. Surely I’m with the majority in putting weather and cost of living as two of the most-important factors. Crime rate would be important also, but life expectancy is mostly a matter of personal choices which retirees have already made, and poverty rate has little to do with how I live or my own income. According to the story, I would be better off to leave my home in Watson and move to downtown Chicago for retirement!