Special Report

The Best and Worst States for Retirees

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30. Ohio
> Population: 11.7 million
> Population 65+: 17.5% — 19th highest (total: 2,043,548)
> National parks and historic sites: 8
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 3 minutes — 10th lowest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 30.3% — 21st lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 40.1% — 20th lowest
> Cost of living: 11.6% lower than the national average — 9th lowest

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29. Oregon
> Population: 4.2 million
> Population 65+: 18.2% — 10th highest (total: 767,496)
> National parks and historic sites: 5
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 29 minutes — 18th highest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 36.5% — 9th highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 45.5% — 13th highest
> Cost of living: 2.2% higher than the national average — 12th highest

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28. North Dakota
> Population: 762,000
> Population 65+: 15.8% — 7th lowest (total: 120,177)
> National parks and historic sites: 3
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 2 minutes — 9th lowest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 38.7% — 3rd highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 39.0% — 15th lowest
> Cost of living: 10.7% lower than the national average — 14th lowest

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27. Tennessee
> Population: 6.8 million
> Population 65+: 16.7% — 22nd lowest (total: 1,138,965)
> National parks and historic sites: 12
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 23 minutes — 21st highest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 27.6% — 16th lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 34.2% — 6th lowest
> Cost of living: 10.3% lower than the national average — 16th lowest

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26. Kentucky
> Population: 4.5 million
> Population 65+: 16.9% — 24th lowest (total: 754,559)
> National parks and historic sites: 5
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 14 minutes — 20th lowest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 18.9% — the lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 34.5% — 7th lowest
> Cost of living: 12.6% lower than the national average — 6th lowest