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Taos is the best place to retire in New Mexico, according to a new study from SmartAsset that measured "tax friendliness, availability of medical care and social opportunities for seniors" for cities throughout the state.

According to the study, Corrales and Santa Fe ranked number 2 and 3, respectively. Hobbs was ranked as the least desirable place to retire.

The metrics used in the study look at the percentage of seniors in an area. Other factors considered include tax burden, as well as doctors offices, recreation centers and retirement centers per 1,000 people.

SmartAsset's rankings erroneously indicated zero retirement facilities for Taos, as there is Taos Retirement Village, along with Taos Living Center, which is designated as a long-term care facility. Taos is also home to Valverde Commons, a co-housing community for seniors.

SmartAsset is an online destination for consumer-focused financial information that powers SmartAdvisor, a national marketplace connecting consumers to financial advisors.

Other websites that provide similar rankings also look at subjective qualities such as weather and culture. In a state-by-state analysis New Mexico ranked as the 20th best state to retire.

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