Last updated: July 17. 2013 6:10PM - 496 Views
A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin

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Recently, Bankrate ranked West Virginia as the seventh unexpectedly best state for retirement, noting our low cost of living and low crime rate. While it’s always nice to be recognized for the things that make our state great, the fact that our state is a wonderful place to live is something those of us who live here have known for a very long time.

Whether you’re looking for excellent retiree services, safe communities, exceptional healthcare facilities, or a low cost of living, the Mountain State offers, I believe, the best place to raise a family and the perfect place to enjoy life’s next chapter.

Having established independence from Virginia during the Civil War, West Virginia’s heritage is rich in history and vibrant culture - lending way to distinctive local music, art, festivals, restaurants, and museums.

Whether you’re searching for bustling cities, small town charm, or countryside, our state has it all - surrounded by great natural beauty. Blessed with four distinct and unique seasons, West Virginia provides abundant opportunities to experience all that is “Wild and Wonderful.” From the colorful canopies of fall foliage and the glittering, snow-topped mountains of winter to the blossoming wildflowers of spring and the continuous stretches of summer green, our state’s natural beauty provides a picturesque backdrop for adventure, entertainment, and most of all, relaxation.

As you, or someone in your life, plan for retirement and life’s next chapter, I encourage you to consider the Mountain State where you will be welcomed with true West Virginia hospitality. I hope you take this opportunity to explore our magnificent mountains, rich cultural heritage and experience first-hand our warmth and kindness. We look forward to welcoming you with open arms.

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