A study from the company Smart Asset ranks Las Animas County as the sixth most affordable county in Colorado for retirement.

“While some retirees may have paid off their mortgages or car loans, recurring expenses like property taxes, food and medical costs remain,” said the study that measured each county by Social Security income, property taxes, state pensions and living expenses to find the most affordable places to retire.

Garfield County topped the list followed by La Plata, San Miguel, Kit Carson and Montezuma and Las Animas counties.

MOST AFFORDABLE COUNTIES IN COLORADO FOR RETIREMENT LIVING

County:             Full Social Security Income:      Estimated Property Tax:         Cost of Living:    

1) Garfield            $20,176                $1,255                   $33,883

2) La Plata            $21,707                $1,029                   $34,111

3) San Miguel        $21,911                $1,236                   $36,439

4) Kit Carson         $17,477                $771                      $30,979

5) Montezuma       $19,825                $796                       $31,759

6) Las Animas        $19,604                $403                      $31,843

7) Eagle                $21,762                $2,112                   $36,787

8) Morgan             $19,224                $941                      $30,859

9) Montrose           $19,970                $937                      $31,867

10) Arapahoe         $22,442                $1,774                   $37,051

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