The Best and Worst States for Retirees

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5. South Carolina
> Population: 5.1 million
> Population 65+: 18.2% — 11th highest (total: 935,538)
> National parks and historic sites: 7
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 49 minutes — 10th highest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 31.9% — 24th highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 39.5% — 18th lowest
> Cost of living: 8.5% lower than the national average — 18th lowest

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4. West Virginia
> Population: 1.8 million
> Population 65+: 20.5% — 3rd highest (total: 367,400)
> National parks and historic sites: 6
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 4 minutes — 11th lowest (tied)
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 31.0% — 25th lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 33.0% — 4th lowest
> Cost of living: 12.9% lower than the national average — 4th lowest

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3. Delaware
> Population: 974,000
> Population 65+: 19.5% — 5th highest (total: 189,638)
> National parks and historic sites: 1
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 23 minutes — 21st highest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 32.0% — 23rd highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 45.2% — 16th highest
> Cost of living: 0.6% lower than the national average — 17th highest

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2. Maine
> Population: 1.3 million
> Population 65+: 21.3% — the highest (total: 285,978)
> National parks and historic sites: 4
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 3 hours 46 minutes — 2nd lowest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 33.7% — 15th highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 46.6% — 10th highest
> Cost of living: 0.7% lower than the national average — 18th highest

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1. Florida
> Population: 21.5 million
> Population 65+: 20.9% — 2nd highest (total: 4,498,198)
> National parks and historic sites: 11
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 5 hours 10 minutes — 4th highest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 20.3% — 4th lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 41.7% — 23rd lowest
> Cost of living: 1.0% higher than the national average — 16th highest

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