A recent study showed a state-by-state analysis of the best locations for adults 65 and older to settle down.

The healthiest state for seniors was Minnesota followed by Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Iowa.

At the bottom of the list as the unhealthiest state was Mississippi with Oklahoma, Louisiana, West Virginia and Arkansas also at the bottom of the rankings.

What factors contributed to a state’s healthiness for retirees?

The researchers scored 34 measures of senior health; among them:

    • Individual behaviors (smoking, alcohol)
    • Environment (poverty, community programs)
    • Public Policy (available geriatricians, clinical care)

Data from governmental organizations were also included in the mix to determine healthiest states for seniors to retire.

As Boomers steadily advance in age, there are 40.3 million people 65 and older in the U.S., states will need to implement more programs and prepare for an aging population.

This study will help seniors select the best states for an active and healthy lifestyle in the golden years.



Retiree Health Choices is oriented to helping seniors with related decisions. Its new consumer site, EasyMedicareChoices.com provides boomers a way to select and review Medicare Supplement plans.

The purchase site recently launched in Illinois, and seniors there are encouraged to test the site and compare Medicare supplement plans featuring the Personal Health Calculator.