How the needs of older people are addressed varies widely across the nation.
Baby boomers are reaching retirement age in substantial numbers. In 2013, there were 44.7 million Americans ages 65 and older, up from 35 million in 2000.
Although the United States is one of the best countries in which to spend your sunset years, “each state offers a very different quality of life for its older residents,” 24/7 Wall St reported.
In a state-by-state assessment, the report looked at how well the needs of elderly Americans are addressed, including availability of appropriate medical care, access to services, infrastructure and other amenities.
The best states in which to grow old also rated high in these areas: strong income security for seniors, reliable access to guaranteed income, health services and high incomes, relatively safe communities and educational opportunities.
According to 24/7 Wall St, the five best states to enjoy your golden years are:
- Utah. Seniors enjoy being highly educated and living in a safe place. The elderly population, who make up the smallest proportion of the total population among states, also have strong income security.
- New Hampshire. Seniors in New Hampshire enjoy living without poverty in a safe state with a high median household income, access to safe and nutritious food, and a high life expectancy (80.3 years).
- Hawaii. Hawaiian seniors enjoy a strong state health care system, a high life expectancy and strong income security with the highest median income for seniors nationwide ($55,650).
- Vermont. Vermont’s seniors have the second highest rate of college education in the United States. Although their median income isn’t especially high, this population has adequate access to healthy food and enjoys the lowest violent crime rate in the nation.
- Virginia. More than half of Virginia’s seniors can tap into retirement income beyond Social Security benefits. The median household income for seniors is $44,440, the fifth highest in the country. Older Virginians are less likely to live in poverty or have concerns about food.