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The Best Places to Retire in New England



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Turning leaves for fall. Blankets of snow for winter. Popping blooms for spring. White-sand beaches for summer. Every season brings a new reason to love New England, and you can still find some of the cheapest places to live there. But the area’s typically high costs, unfavorable tax policies and harsh winters are common deterrents for retirees. 


However, some New England states have overcome potential turn-offs and drawn an influx of newly retired residents. In 2023, Vermont and Rhode Island were among the top 10 states people moved to for retirement, according to United Van Lines’ annual national movers study


The list is ordered alphabetically by state. See “How We Picked the Best Places to Retire” at the end of the list for details on our data sources and methodology.