Virginia recognized as one of best retirement states for 2013

If you're among the many seniors who want to relocate after retirement, choosing where to go is often a difficult decision. Many states are appealing, but there are more aspects than climate to take into consideration when selecting the perfect destination. Everything from crime rate and access to medical care to low taxes and cost of living can play a role. Bankrate.com recently compiled a list of the best states for retirement in 2013, and Virginia landed in the top 10.

The Old Dominion was one of several states in the mid-Atlantic to earn recognition from the website. For starters, it has some of the best weather in the United States, but that's not all. It also has a relatively low crime rate and excellent access to healthcare. Furthermore, Virginia retirement communities are located close to many culturally enriching destinations including thriving college towns such as Richmond and Charlottesville as well as historic sites including Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. 

"A lot of Appalachian states popped up at the top of the list," Chris Kahn, a Bankrate researcher, told The Huffington Post. "Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia... they really hit the sweet spot of having relatively warm temperatures, low cost of living, moderate to low taxes and access to medical care."

Whether they elect to move to Virginia, Texas or Michigan, many baby boomers are planning to relocate once they leave the workforce, especially to a more suburban environment. According to a recent AARP survey, an estimated 83 percent of baby boomers expect to live in suburban areas or small towns once they enter senior living