Pre-retirees between the ages of 45 and 64 probably don't feel old, but when thinking about where you should someday retire, you might give serious thought to the midwestern part of the U.S.

That's according to a report from LPL Financial. The LPL Research Retirement Environment Index was created to provide a "state-by-state holistic view" (that also included Washington) into the "preretiree landscape."

According to the index, which "looks specifically at the 45- to 64-year-old cohort (preretirees) and collectively assesses strengths and weaknesses of preretiree desirability on a state level, rather than city or regional level," the Midwest is the place to be for retirement.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.