As I’ve suggested before, don’t use someone else’s criteria to decide where you want to live. For example, Bankrate’s criteria includes weather – which is fine – but Kentucky received the second highest mark for weather and Georgia was #4 for weather. Have you ever been to Georgia in the summer??
Create your own criteria for best place to live or retire so it fits your needs and wants. Then, if your ideal retirement place means moving, spend some time there before you commit to moving.
BTW, Georgia ranked first according to Bankrate.com. Maryland was ranked last.