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Iowa is the second best state in the U.S. in which to retire, according to a new report from

To compile its overall ranking, Bankrate evaluated 11 public and private datasets related to the life of a retiree. The study examined five categories but weighted them based on signifance: affordability (40%), crime (5%), culture (15%), weather (15%) and wellness (25%).

Iowa finished just behind Nebraska at the top of the composite rankings.

“Where to live is probably one of the most personal decisions one can make because it’s not just about preferences, it’s also about the financial considerations that are associated with it,” Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst at Bankrate, said in a statement.

In the individual categories, Iowa finished eighth in affordability, 12th in wellness, 15th in crime, 20th in culture and 34th in weather.

Among Iowa's neighbors, Missouri finished third overall; South Dakota finished fourth; Wisconsin finished 12th; North Dakota 13th; Minnesota 40th; and Illinois 47th.

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