Louisiana is the second-best place in the nation to retire


Besides jazz and beignets, Louisiana offers retirees an excellent combination of low taxes (the Tax Foundation ranks it as the fourth lowest in the nation) and balmy weather. Louisiana has a 30-year average temperature — that includes both winter lows and summer highs — of 66.7 degrees. That’s higher than every other state except Hawaii and Florida.

It also has better-than-average access to medical care and a relatively low cost of living.One major knock on Louisiana, however, is a crime rate that’s among the highest in the nation. The FBI says there are 4,244 property and violent crimes per 100,000 people in Louisiana.

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