3. Montana

September 11, 2018

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Well-being rank: 3Cost of living rank: 10Health care quality rank: 30City with the greatest influx of retirees: Billings, MT

If you’re looking for elbow room, Montana is one of the least densely populated states in the U.S., with 6.8 people per square mile. Montana is known for its rich wildlife, including large populations of elk, buffalo, grizzly bears, and trumpeter swans. Although the state is predominantly rural, it is also ranked surprisingly well for its accessibility of arts, entertainment, and recreational establishments. The prices of goods and services in Montana are about six percent lower than the national average. Additionally, low sales tax rates in the state (the fourth lowest in the country) contribute to Montana being the state with the ninth-lowest overall tax burden. Billings is the largest city in Montana, situated on the Yellowstone River. Known as the Gateway to Yellowstone National Park, Billings offers retirees stunning landscapes, world-class restaurants, and Montana’s only Walkable Brewery District.

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