The scenic shores of Lake Erie border the northern edge of the state, and this region has become popular with boaters and anglers, while the Ohio and Miami Rivers attract canoers and kayakers. Culture lovers can visit the state’s cities, like Cincinnati, and experience museums, theater, live music and even pay a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The low cost of living in Ohio may come as a relief to many retirees, the state’s cost is 9 percent lower than the national average, and the median home price is a very reasonable $104,800.
Con: Economic downturn in manufacturing towns
Best For: College town enthusiasts
Cost of Living: 9% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $104,800
Top State Income Tax: 5.925%
The state’s top tax rate is 5.925 percent, but Ohio doesn’t tax Social Security benefits, and 2 tax breaks are available for lower income senior residents. Healthcare is also easily accessible in Ohio; the state is home to 225 hospitals.
The state did suffer during the recent economic downturn. Particularly hard-hit were industrial towns like Youngstown.