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The Best States To Grow Old In May Surprise You

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Seniors relocate to new states for a number of reasons, including a decreased cost of living, closer proximity to friends and family, a milder climate, better benefits and overall higher quality of life.

So when you imagine the quintessential location to spend your golden years, chances are sunny states like Florida, California and Arizona come to mind. However, these idealized retirement destinations may not be so ideal after all, according to a recent report. Caring.com released a new ranking of the best states for aging, and the most affordable and stable spots for those 55 and older are probably not what you expect.

South Dakota leads the pack, with several other states in the Midwestern region trailing close behind. A few tropical locations made the list, but popular retirement state Florida didn’t land a spot this year.

Check out the list below to see the full ranking of top states for retirement:

1. South Dakota

2. Iowa

3. Minnesota

4. Alaska 

5. Oregon

6. Colorado

7. Hawaii 

8. South Carolina

9. Nebraska

10. Wisconsin

Caring.com collected these ratings by incorporating data on:

  • Quality of life in a given area for residents over 55
  • Quality of healthcare
  • Long-term care
  • Support for seniors and family caregiver
  • Affordability of senior care
  • More than 100,000 ratings of senior care providers in each state

Their sources included Genworth’s 2015 Cost of Care Survey, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, and the Long-term Scorecard, a joint effort by AARP, The Commonwealth Fund and The SCAN Foundation.

See below for the full list of the best states for growing old!

Alabama – Age 62

Alaska – Age 65

Arizona – Age 63

Arkansas – Age 62

California – Age 64

Colorado – Age 64

Delaware – Age 62

Connecticut – Age 64

Florida – Age 63

Georgia – Age 62

Hawaii – Age 63



Idaho – Age 63

Illinois – Age 63

Indiana – Age 63

Iowa – Age 64

Kansas – Age 65

Kentucky – Age 62

Louisiana – Age 63

Maine – Age 64

Maryland – Age 64

Massachusetts – Age 64

Michigan – Age 62

Minnesota – Age 63

Mississippi – Age 63

Missouri – Age 63

Montana – Age 63

Nebraska – Age 65

Nevada – Age 63

New Hampshire – Age 65

New Jersey – Age 65

New Mexico – Age 63

New York – Age 64

North Carolina – Age 63

North Dakota – Age 63

Ohio – Age 63

Oklahoma – Age 63

Oregon – Age 63

Pennsylvania – Age 63

Rhode Island – Age 64

South Carolina – Age 62

South Dakota – Age 63

Tennessee – Age 63

Texas – Age 64

Utah – Age 65

Vermont – Age 65

Virginia – Age 63

Washington – Age 64

West Virginia – Age 62

Wisconsin – Age 63

Wyoming – Age 65

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