The Worst States to Grow Old In

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16. New Jersey
> Pct. of pop. age 65+: 15.7% (22nd lowest)
> 65 and older poverty rate: 8.4% (22nd lowest)
> 65 and older bachelor’s deg. attainment: 30.5% (16th highest)
> Healthy life expectancy after 65: 14.0 years (21st lowest)

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17. Alaska
> Pct. of pop. age 65+: 11.2% (2nd lowest)
> 65 and older poverty rate: 7.4% (11th lowest)
> 65 and older bachelor’s deg. attainment: 30.6% (15th highest)
> Healthy life expectancy after 65: 14.1 years (22nd lowest)

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18. Maine
> Pct. of pop. age 65+: 20.0% (2nd highest)
> 65 and older poverty rate: 8.1% (20th lowest)
> 65 and older bachelor’s deg. attainment: 31.0% (14th highest)
> Healthy life expectancy after 65: 14.7 years (16th highest)

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19. Oregon
> Pct. of pop. age 65+: 17.1% (12th highest)
> 65 and older poverty rate: 8.7% (22nd highest)
> 65 and older bachelor’s deg. attainment: 31.3% (12th highest)
> Healthy life expectancy after 65: 15.0 years (9th highest)

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20. Wyoming
> Pct. of pop. age 65+: 15.6% (21st lowest)
> 65 and older poverty rate: 8.4% (22nd lowest)
> 65 and older bachelor’s deg. attainment: 27.3% (25th highest)
> Healthy life expectancy after 65: 14.4 years (24th highest)