Special Report

The Best and Worst States for Retirees

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25. New Hampshire
> Population: 1.4 million
> Population 65+: 18.6% — 9th highest (total: 253,147)
> National parks and historic sites: 2
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 3 hours 53 minutes — 4th lowest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 32.3% — 22nd highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 51.7% — 2nd highest
> Cost of living: 6.5% higher than the national average — 8th highest

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24. Missouri
> Population: 6.1 million
> Population 65+: 17.2% — 23rd highest (total: 1,057,943)
> National parks and historic sites: 6
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 20 minutes — 22nd lowest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 26.7% — 14th lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 39.1% — 16th lowest
> Cost of living: 11.3% lower than the national average — 11th lowest

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23. Oklahoma
> Population: 4.0 million
> Population 65+: 16.1% — 12th lowest (total: 635,222)
> National parks and historic sites: 3
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 45 minutes — 12th highest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 33.0% — 18th highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 34.9% — 8th lowest
> Cost of living: 12.8% lower than the national average — 5th lowest

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22. New Jersey
> Population: 8.9 million
> Population 65+: 16.6% — 21st lowest (total: 1,475,075)
> National parks and historic sites: 9
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 14 minutes — 19th lowest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 21.9% — 6th lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 43.8% — 20th highest
> Cost of living: 16.0% higher than the national average — 4th highest

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21. Nebraska
> Population: 1.9 million
> Population 65+: 16.1% — 15th lowest (total: 312,295)
> National parks and historic sites: 5
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 23 minutes — 22nd highest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 35.5% — 11th highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 45.7% — 12th highest
> Cost of living: 10.5% lower than the national average — 15th lowest