Attention, retiree wannabes: If you’re among the 47 percent of Americans who’d consider relocating upon leaving the workforce (according to a 2017 Bankrate survey), make sure to find a female-friendly place before you pull up stakes. Sure, some states deemed best for women and retirees overall are on the chilly side (Massachusetts and New Hampshire among them), but what’s a little snowfall compared with quality healthcare, low crime, and an overall sense of well-being? Check out these seemingly retiree-attractive states that ranked rock bottom as the most unsafe and inhospitable to women—based on a variety of statistics we’ve gathered—and steer clear!
The Worst States for Women
Louisiana: Though big on amazing music and delicious cuisine—and, yes, a low tax burden—Louisiana has one of the lowest life expectancy rates and highest female homicide rates in the country. No wonder it consistently ranks as one of the worst states for retirees. Lower taxes are commonly offset by high auto, homeowners, and flood insurance rates, and the state is notorious for environmental disasters—the EPA Superfund has identified 15 Louisiana sites on its National Priorities List—so not a place you’d want your grandkids to play.
South Carolina: The Palmetto State has become a hub for retirees and snowbirds—its “Golf Coast” is a paradise for links-lovers—and human beings in general: South Carolina’s population is expected to burgeon to five million by the 2020 census. But the state has one of the highest female homicide rates, in addition to ranking poorly in terms of healthcare and high taxes. And while winters are mild, the rest of the time—oh, well, no worries. Down there, horses sweat, men perspire, and ladies glisten!
Nevada: Want to gamble in your golden years? Alas, luck is no lady in the Silver State. Violent crime is rising in Nevada, which has one of the nation’s highest female homicide rates. What’s more, the state earned a “D” on a recent healthcare report card based on analysis of data supplied by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other government agencies. Any wonder it came in as the second worst place to retire in one recent survey. And though you may be out of your reproductive years, note that anti-choice Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt recently signed two amicus briefs (a kind of legal document) that would restrict women’s access to accurate information about pregnancy and family planning. No dice!