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:
- New Hampshire
- South Carolina
The five worst states:
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- New Jersey
Here’s how Alabama compared to the rest of the country: