That Colorado is a great place to work and play isn‚Äôt news. On the contrary. The state‚Äôs fast-paced growth over the past two decades is evidence that the state is a desirable place to call home.
But that Colorado is considered a good place to retire to is a bit surprising because of the high cost of living, relative to most states in the West.
Haven Life, an online life insurance agency, put together a ranking of the best states for an early retirement using three categories: well-being, cost of living and health care.
Colorado was 10th on the list.
The Centennial State was ranked 10th in well-being (Wyoming was the best, Alabama the worst); 37th in cost of living (Alabama the cheapest, Hawaii the most expensive); and 15th in health care quality (Massachusetts the best, Oklahoma the worst).
Haven Life said other qualities that allowed Colorado to crack the Top 10 on its list were access to arts and entertainment, and its relatively mild winters (not counting the High Country, of course).
And of the metro area suburbs, Westminster has the greatest influx of retirees.
The rest of the Top 10 of Haven Life‚Äôs best states for early retirement: