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This Midwest U.S. State Was Just Ranked One of the Best Places to Retire for Good Health

Colorado is an outdoor lover's paradise.

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With its charming small ski towns and stunning natural scenery, Colorado is often listed as a nature lover's paradise and one of the most naturally beautiful states. But the Centennial State is also a great place to retire, especially if access to health care services and the overall health of its residents is at the top of your wishlist.

According to a recent report by WalletHub, Colorado is the second-best state for retirees after Florida, and it ranked third for health care. (Minnesota and Massachusetts were first and second, respectively.)

"Colorado is a great state for retirees' physical and mental health. It has one of the lowest rates of social isolation for seniors, and very few residents above age 65 are in poverty," the website noted, highlighting the quality of the state's hospitals and the high share of physically active seniors.

While the cost of living is a major factor for retirees when deciding where to move post-retirement, reports have shown that as a major life transition, retirement can cause depression and other mental health issues. One way to lower these risks is to spend time in nature, which lowers stress and reduces the risks of psychiatric disorders, according to the American Psychological Association. The physical benefits of staying active post-retirement are even more impressive, such as reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

Over a third of Colorado's 67 million acres are government-owned land, with most open to the public for recreation. Even in cities like Denver, residents benefit from unparalleled access to outdoor recreation such as biking, kayaking, and hiking. Colorado is also home to 33 ski resorts, transforming it into a haven for winter sports enthusiasts.

For retirees seeking serenity and quiet, the small town of Fort Collins, located about an hour north of Denver, was named the most peaceful place in America last year.

The Centennial State also has the lowest disability level among those 65 and over, according to a new SmartWatch study, where 82.4 percent of participants reported they are in "good to excellent health," and only 7.2 percent reported experiencing "mental distress." The same company also recommends Littleton, Englewood, and Monument as some of Colorado's best places to retire for easy access to health care facilities in these communities.

You can read the full report at wallethub.com.

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