Special Report

The Best and Worst States for Retirees

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10. Vermont
> Population: 624,000
> Population 65+: 20.1% — 4th highest (total: 125,201)
> National parks and historic sites: 2
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 3 hours 45 minutes — the lowest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 33.6% — 16th highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 52.6% — the highest
> Cost of living: 3.1% higher than the national average — 11th highest

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9. Iowa
> Population: 3.2 million
> Population 65+: 17.5% — 17th highest (total: 553,575)
> National parks and historic sites: 2
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 5 minutes — 12th lowest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 36.9% — 6th highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 43.8% — 20th highest
> Cost of living: 11.0% lower than the national average — 12th lowest

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8. Montana
> Population: 1.1 million
> Population 65+: 19.5% — 6th highest (total: 207,909)
> National parks and historic sites: 8
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 6 minutes — 13th lowest (tied)
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 35.1% — 13th highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 47.5% — 9th highest
> Cost of living: 6.5% lower than the national average — 25th lowest

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7. South Dakota
> Population: 885,000
> Population 65+: 17.4% — 21st highest (total: 153,799)
> National parks and historic sites: 6
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 12 minutes — 18th lowest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 36.8% — 7th highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 42.8% — 24th highest
> Cost of living: 12.2% lower than the national average — 7th lowest

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6. Hawaii
> Population: 1.4 million
> Population 65+: 19.0% — 7th highest (total: 269,470)
> National parks and historic sites: 8
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: N/A
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 20.5% — 5th lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 43.4% — 23rd highest
> Cost of living: 19.3% higher than the national average — the highest