2. South Dakota
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Well-being rank: 9Cost of living rank: 2Health care quality rank: 22City with the greatest influx of retirees: Aberdeen, SD
Home to the Badlands National Park and Mount Rushmore, South Dakota is a midwestern state with fewer than one million people. Native American influence is still strong in the state, with 9 percent of the population identifying as Native American (compared to 1.3 percent nationwide ). While the weather is prone to extremes, South Dakota is one of the safest states for crime and offers myriad entertainment and cultural activities to choose from. Additionally, South Dakota does not have a state income tax and its prices of goods and services are 12 percent below the national average, making South Dakota one of the least expensive states. A popular destination for retirees in South Dakota is Aberdeen. Located 125 miles northeast of the state capital of Pierre, Aberdeen is a lively small city with numerous fairs and festivals, theaters, parks, other cultural activities to enjoy.