The Worst States to Grow Old In

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46. Kentucky
> Pct. of pop. age 65+: 15.9% (24th lowest)
> 65 and older poverty rate: 10.3% (6th highest)
> 65 and older bachelor’s deg. attainment: 19.3% (2nd lowest)
> Healthy life expectancy after 65: 11.0 years (3rd lowest)

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47. Louisiana
> Pct. of pop. age 65+: 14.9% (7th lowest)
> 65 and older poverty rate: 12.0% (3rd highest)
> 65 and older bachelor’s deg. attainment: 21.0% (5th lowest)
> Healthy life expectancy after 65: 12.0 years (7th lowest)

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48. Arkansas
> Pct. of pop. age 65+: 16.5% (19th highest)
> 65 and older poverty rate: 10.2% (7th highest)
> 65 and older bachelor’s deg. attainment: 20.4% (4th lowest)
> Healthy life expectancy after 65: 12.2 years (8th lowest)

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49. Mississippi
> Pct. of pop. age 65+: 15.6% (20th lowest)
> 65 and older poverty rate: 13.7% (the highest)
> 65 and older bachelor’s deg. attainment: 19.9% (3rd lowest)
> Healthy life expectancy after 65: 10.8 years (the lowest)

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50. West Virginia
> Pct. of pop. age 65+: 19.3% (3rd highest)
> 65 and older poverty rate: 10.2% (7th highest)
> 65 and older bachelor’s deg. attainment: 17.1% (the lowest)
> Healthy life expectancy after 65: 11.0 years (3rd lowest)