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North Carolina has plenty to offer for retirees, including world-class golf courses. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

If you have parents nearing retirement age, or you’re getting close to that milestone, here’s a little tip for you. You don’t need to look much farther than North Carolina to find a good landing spot for those golden years.

According to a study from Scholaroo, North Carolina is the fourth best place in the U.S. for retirees to settle down and put up their feet after all their years of hard work. The study included 38 key metrics across five categories: Affordability, Entertainment, Healthcare, Safety, and Wellness.

One of the things North Carolina has going it for it is the lack of a Social Security income tax, meaning that retirees can keep more of their money. On op of that, we have a relatively average affordable home value of $277,265.

The Tar Heel State also offers a variety of stunning scenery, from the mountains to the beaches, as well as a good number of quality public hospitals and low crime rate against seniors. And let’s not forget the mild climate that makes golf, tennis, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor activities possible nearly every month of the year.

Which states are comparable to North Carolina when it comes to living the good life? Check out the top five below. Surprisingly, they’re all up north!

Best States to Retire 2023 (Scholaroo)

  • 1. Connecticut

    Population: 3,626,205
    Social security income taxes: Yes
    State taxes: 5.5%
    In-home healthcare cost: $4,195
    Home value: $318,096

    New London, CT

    Traffic moves through downtown streets on March 14, 2016 in New London, CT. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • 2. Pennsylvania

    Population: 12,972,008
    Social security income taxes: No
    State taxes: 3.07%
    In-home healthcare cost: $3,993
    Home value: $254,612

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Spectators watch opening day action between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates, with the Pittsburgh skyline as a backdrop on April 10, 2006 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

  • 3. Massachusetts

    Population: 6,981,974
    Social security income taxes: No
    State taxes: 5%
    In-home healthcare cost: $4,767
    Home value: $563,002

    Annual Head of the Charles

    A rower passes by the Harvard Boat House on the Charles River in Cambridge, MA. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Newsmakers/Getty Images)

  • 4. North Carolina

    Population: 10,698,973
    Social security income taxes: No
    State taxes: 4.99%
    In-home healthcare cost: $3,476
    Home value: $277,265

    Tropical Storm Arthur Threatens North Carolina's Outer Banks

    Members of a large family play in the surf on July 3, 2014 in Rodanthe, North Carolina. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • 5. New Hampshire

    Population: 1,377,529
    Social security income taxes: No
    State taxes: 5.00%
    In-home healthcare cost: $4,576
    Home value: $403,094

    New Hampshire

    A scenic view from the harbor is seen August 4, 2007 in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

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