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Bankrate recently published a report that found the best states to retire in this year, with Georgia taking the top spot and Florida pushed down to second place. 

Tennessee came in third, with Missouri and Massachusetts coming in fourth and fifth place respectively. 

Meanwhile, Maryland was found to be the worst state for retirement because of high costs and "mediocre scores on culture and weather," Bankrate said in its report.

For its report, Bankrate analyzed all 50 U.S. states based on five categories: affordability, wellness, culture, weather and crime. 

To rank states based on those categories, Bankrate used data from sources including the Council for Community and Economic Research, the Sharecare Community Well-Being Index, the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the FBI. 

Though Georgia took the top spot in the Bankrate report, the state’s "weak spot" was how it performed in the culture category, because it has "one of the nation’s lowest percentages of over-65 residents, and it ranks near the bottom in arts and entertainment establishments per capita," the report said. 

Other than that, Georgia has a low cost of living, a light tax burden and nice weather -- aside from hurricanes. The state also ranked "in the middle of the pack" in the wellness and crime categories, according to Bankrate. 

To see what other states made the top -- and bottom -- of the list, here are the best and worst states for retirement in 2021, according to Bankrate. 

10 Best States for Retirement in 2021
1. Georgia
2. Florida
3. Tennessee
4. Missouri
5. Massachusetts
6. Wyoming
7. Arizona
8. Ohio
9. Indiana
10. Kentucky


Congratulations to Sirisha Bandla who is set to fly off into space on July 11th!

Sirisha Bandla is all set to fly off into space on July 11 as a mission specialist on Virgin Galactic’s next test flight of its SpaceShipTwo Unity with Company’s founder, Sir Richard Branson.

The “Unity 22” mission, the twenty-second flight test for VSS Unity, will be the first to carry a full crew of two pilots and four mission specialists in the cabin, according to a company announcement.

While boss Branson will be testing the private astronaut experience, Bandla, Vice President of Government Affairs and Research Operations at Virgin Galactic, will be evaluating the human-tended research experience.

Andhra, India born Bandla will be using an experiment from the University of Florida that requires several handheld fixation tubes that will be activated at various points in the flight profile

“I am so incredibly honored to be a part of the amazing crew of #Unity22, and to be a part of a company whose mission is to make space available to all,” she tweeted.

Bandla will be the third Indian American woman to fly into space after Karnal, India, born Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams.


(https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/best-state-retirement-2021-report )

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