Special Report

The Best and Worst States for Retirees

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35. Massachusetts
> Population: 6.9 million
> Population 65+: 17.0% — 25th highest (total: 1,172,293)
> National parks and historic sites: 15
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 6 minutes — 13th lowest (tied)
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 30.1% — 20th lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 48.0% — 6th highest
> Cost of living: 10.4% higher than the national average — 5th highest

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34. Louisiana
> Population: 4.6 million
> Population 65+: 16.0% — 11th lowest (total: 742,194)
> National parks and historic sites: 5
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 53 minutes — 7th highest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 22.0% — 7th lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 33.7% — 5th lowest
> Cost of living: 12.1% lower than the national average — 8th lowest

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33. Wisconsin
> Population: 5.8 million
> Population 65+: 17.5% — 18th highest (total: 1,019,896)
> National parks and historic sites: 2
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 3 hours 56 minutes — 6th lowest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 37.1% — 5th highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 44.2% — 19th highest
> Cost of living: 8.1% lower than the national average — 20th lowest

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32. Virginia
> Population: 8.5 million
> Population 65+: 15.9% — 10th lowest (total: 1,358,336)
> National parks and historic sites: 22
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 24 minutes — 20th highest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 33.5% — 17th highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 42.3% — 24th lowest
> Cost of living: 1.3% higher than the national average — 14th highest

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31. Connecticut
> Population: 3.6 million
> Population 65+: 17.6% — 16th highest (total: 629,032)
> National parks and historic sites: 2
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 8 minutes — 15th lowest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 30.7% — 24th lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 50.4% — 4th highest
> Cost of living: 5.0% higher than the national average — 10th highest

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