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State Tax Rates
(lowest first)verified IncomeSoc.Sec. taxed Pensions taxedSales tax website
Nevada (1)n -- -7% state.nv.us
Wyoming (2)y -- -? state.wy.us
Washington (1)y -- -8.2% wa.gov
Texas (2,4)y -- -8.25% state.tx.us
Montana (2,4)y 1 - 6.9%similar worksheet
to Federal
$3600 exemption
(low-income)
0% mt.gov
Idaho (2)y 1.6 - 7.8%- private taxed6% idaho.gov
Arizona (1,4)y 2.6 - 4.5%- private taxed5.6% state.az.us
Oregon (1)y 5 - 9%- private taxed- oregon.gov
New Mexico (1,2)y 1.7 - 4.9%$8000 exemption
(low-income,over 65)
6.4% state.nm.us
Colorado (1)n 5%50% taxable
(high incomes)
$20,000 exemption
($24,000, over 65)
7.5% state.co.us
Utah (1,U*)n 5%/50% taxable/ /$7500 exemption/6.25% utah.gov
California (1)n 1 - 11%- all taxed8.5% ca.gov
(1) from Where To Retire, by John Howells (2003).
(2) from "Compare How All States Will Put the Pinch on Your Retirement Income", by Mary Lu Abbot.
(3) Federation of Tax Administrators
(4) BankRate [2]
(5) RPEA state comparison table
(U*) rewritten in 2008, with all exemptions apparently repealed, plus temporary nonresidents also taxed.

- Yes -- No -
Colorado
  • Golden (still homey after all these years)
  • Fort Collins (university town meets sales-mall)
  • Denver (best of the good-sized cities)
  • Boulder (overrated city of nimbyites)
  • Wyoming
  • Laramie (cowtown meets university)
  • Sheridan (real west)
  • -
    Montana
  • Helena (historic west)
  • Red Lodge (more real west)
  • Livingston (more real west)
  • Bozeman (overrated)
  • Utah
  • Salt Lake City (pleasant downtown area)
  • Provo (pleasant university town)
  • St. George (city in the red rocks)
  • all SLC suburbs (endless strip-mall)
  • Nevada
  • Reno
  • Las Vegas (blisteringly hot, and not a real 'neighborhood' in sight)
  • California
  • Sacramento (nice downtown areas)
  • Monterey (pleasant small downtown)
  • Morro Bay (big rock, and not many people)
  • Los Angeles (oof!)
  • Santa Barbara

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