Special Report

The Best and Worst States for Retirees

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40. Illinois
> Population: 12.7 million
> Population 65+: 16.1% — 14th lowest (total: 2,045,361)
> National parks and historic sites: 2
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 10 minutes — 16th lowest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 27.8% — 17th lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 38.6% — 14th lowest
> Cost of living: 2.6% lower than the national average — 20th highest

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39. Michigan
> Population: 10.0 million
> Population 65+: 17.7% — 14th highest (total: 1,766,409)
> National parks and historic sites: 5
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 3 hours 58 minutes — 8th lowest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 26.1% — 13th lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 41.7% — 23rd lowest
> Cost of living: 7.7% lower than the national average — 22nd lowest

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38. Indiana
> Population: 6.7 million
> Population 65+: 16.1% — 13th lowest (total: 1,084,472)
> National parks and historic sites: 3
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 7 minutes — 14th lowest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 35.2% — 12th highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 39.3% — 17th lowest
> Cost of living: 11.3% lower than the national average — 11th lowest

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37. Minnesota
> Population: 5.6 million
> Population 65+: 16.3% — 18th lowest (total: 921,491)
> National parks and historic sites: 5
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 3 hours 54 minutes — 5th lowest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 43.3% — 2nd highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 47.7% — 8th highest
> Cost of living: 2.0% lower than the national average — 19th highest

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36. Maryland
> Population: 6.0 million
> Population 65+: 15.9% — 9th lowest (total: 959,887)
> National parks and historic sites: 18
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 17 minutes — 21st lowest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 38.2% — 4th highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 42.7% — 25th lowest
> Cost of living: 7.7% higher than the national average — 7th highest