Whether you live in Montana already or not, when looking for a place to retire, Wallet Hub has found 8 states that rank better than Montana.

We recently asked our listeners if they'd ever consider leaving Montana because of the weather, and we learned that yes, there were several Montanans who'd love to head somewhere warmer, especially when considering retirement.

Arizona is the popular "snowbird" destination for Montanans and other inhabitants of the West, but a warm climate may not be the only thing worth considering when you're looking to retire.

Montana was ranked by Wallet Hub as being the 9th best state for retirement. But where should you go if you don't want to stay in Montana? Eight other states ranked better overall because of the combination of affordability, quality of life, and healthcare. Take a look at where Montanans might want to go to retire.

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Minnesota 

Minnesota was ranked #1 for health care overall, and with many people experiencing more challenging health situations as they age, Minnesota may be a good option.

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New Hampshire

New Hampshire ranks well for health care too, but where it has an edge on Montana is the quality of life ranking.

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Idaho

Idaho does well in affordability, and since this metric includes tax-friendliness, this may be an option Montanans will want to consider.

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Wyoming

Wyoming does well for affordability and quality of life, but if you do have health care needs, it doesn't rank as well as Montana.

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Delaware

If affordability is your primary concern, Delaware is your best bet as it has the highest affordability ranking of the top 8 states.

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Virginia

It might feel like a significant change going from Montana to Virginia, but Virginia ranks better for affordability and health care, though Montana does better for quality of life.

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Colorado

The appeal of Colorado would be the health care, but surprisingly, it's more affordable than Montana too, but the quality of life wouldn't be as good as Montana's.

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Florida

Is it surprising that Florida would be the #1 state for retirement? I don't think so. The quality of life is really what makes Florida shine. But it's also ranked 4th for affordability.

Given that Montana is in the top 10 states for best places to retire, you may want to stay put. But if not, these other states would make for good options.

The Best Places Where Montanans Have Lived

Of course, Montanans love our state and many will always call it home, but here is an idea of the other places all over the world where Montanans have enjoyed living.

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LOOK: 10 Places where people in Montana are moving to most

Stacker compiled a list of states where people from Montana are moving to the most using data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Montana's Most Viewed Home on Zillow in 2023

See photos of the home in Bigfork, Montana that was the most viewed on Zillow in 2023.

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