The Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) has some valuable information on the the cost of living for each State.
The Best States for Cost of Living are Tennessee, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri and Arkansas.
The Worst States for Cost of Living are Hawaii, DC, California, New Jersey and Alaska.
Map below for cost of living is courtesy of MERIC.
The Best States for Housing Costs are Oklahoma, Tennessee, South Dakota, Texas and Missouri.
The Worst States for Housing Costs are Hawaii, DC, California, Maryland and New Jersey.
If you are looking for the Best State to Retire, the cost of living is a very important consideration. If you want to stretch your dollar, look to the Southeast and Midwest and stay away from the North East. Hope this helps.