Alabama ranks high on 2017 list of best states for military retirees

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For active duty military, home is where ever the government sends you. But for military retirees with the option to choose where they live, Alabama’s not a bad choice.

That’s according to a new study of 2017’s Best & Worst States for Military Retirees by personal finance website Wallethub, which ranked the Yellowhammer State as the 13th best state for military retirees

That’s good news for the over 400,000 veterans living in Alabama.

WalletHub conducted the study in light of May being Military Appreciation Month. Their analysts compared all 50 states and Washington, D.C., across three dimensions — economic environment, quality of life, and health care —To determine the best and worst states for military retirement. Alabama came in first place for economic environment rank, but found itself in the middle of the pack at 25 for quality of life, and at disappointing 38th place when it comes to veterans health care.

The study also found Red States were more friendly toward military retirees than Blue States.

The top five states:

  • Florida
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • Wyoming
  • South Carolina

The five worst states:

  • Utah
  • North Carolina
  • Rhode Island
  • New Jersey

Here’s how Alabama compared to the rest of the country:

Source: WalletHub


  1. Interesting how ranking 25th amongst a field of 50 states is now considered “high”. Maybe a more factual characterization would be that Alabama ranked middle of the road or average in the area of quality of life, and a disappointing 38th when it comes to veterans health care. For what its worth, a rather dismal review in my opinion. Maybe Alabama is improving based on previous reviews?

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