The best retirement states for you may be a lot different for you and the next person.
Be careful how you choose, there are many more factors than you are probably aware of at first glance.
Most of all the best advice I could give you, is to take your time, you have earned your retirement over many years of working... being patient in choosing a place to enjoy that retirement should be a priority.
Enjoy the process, we took our time and we have never regretted our decision.
If you made the decision solely upon taxes, everyone would choose Alaska.
The downside is that everything has to be trucked in, flown in, or come in by boat... making a lot of day-to-day necessities expensive.
If you are very fortunate to have a high retirement income... first of all thanks for visiting the site... you would probably want to focus on a state with no income tax such as Florida or Texas.
For the person living solely on Social Security there are 34 states that do not tax Social Security income.
If not taxes what else is important... how about?
If I were you I would sit down with my spouse or partner and have each one of you make a list of things that you never want to do again and things that you do want to accomplish in retirement.
Make sure you make the lists separately and then compare them...I would suggest over an adult beverage...head off disparities in what is important as soon as possible, with any coercion and you will be way ahead of the game.
Here is our list that we made over 20 years ago, looking back at the old list there is not much at all that we would change. Do not skip this important step...really, if you listen to nothing else.
Enjoy finding what the best retirement states are for you and your loved ones.