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2008 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Hot air balloons soar over the Rio Grande during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on October 4, 2008 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This year there are over 600 hot air balloons, representing 42 states and 24 countries. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

10 best U.S. states to retire in

In a search for the best states to retire, MoneyRates' Richard Barrington spent weeks analyzing what he says are the seven key factors seniors should consider: Cost of living, property taxes, violent crime rates, climate, life expectancy for seniors, recent population growth in the senior demographic and unemployment.