Special Report

The Best and Worst States for Retirees

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15. Pennsylvania
> Population: 12.8 million
> Population 65+: 18.7% — 8th highest (total: 2,388,218)
> National parks and historic sites: 19
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 3 hours 56 minutes — 7th lowest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 32.8% — 19th highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 38.4% — 13th lowest
> Cost of living: 3.0% lower than the national average — 22nd highest

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14. Mississippi
> Population: 3.0 million
> Population 65+: 16.4% — 19th lowest (total: 486,804)
> National parks and historic sites: 8
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 44 minutes — 13th highest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 20.2% — 3rd lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 28.8% — the lowest
> Cost of living: 15.6% lower than the national average — the lowest

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13. Arkansas
> Population: 3.0 million
> Population 65+: 17.4% — 22nd highest (total: 524,237)
> National parks and historic sites: 7
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 35 minutes — 16th highest (tied)
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 28.9% — 19th lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 32.7% — 3rd lowest
> Cost of living: 15.3% lower than the national average — 2nd lowest

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12. Wyoming
> Population: 579,000
> Population 65+: 17.1% — 24th highest (total: 98,789)
> National parks and historic sites: 7
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 31 minutes — 17th highest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 32.6% — 21st highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 43.7% — 22nd highest
> Cost of living: 7.2% lower than the national average — 23rd lowest

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11. Alabama
> Population: 4.9 million
> Population 65+: 17.4% — 20th highest (total: 854,312)
> National parks and historic sites: 9
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 43 minutes — 14th highest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 25.4% — 12th lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 31.1% — 2nd lowest
> Cost of living: 14.2% lower than the national average — 3rd lowest