The Best and Worst States for Retirees

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50. Utah
> Population: 3.2 million
> Population 65+: 11.4% — the lowest (total: 365,198)
> National parks and historic sites: 13
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 52 minutes — 8th highest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 44.6% — the highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 44.6% — 17th highest
> Cost of living: 3.5% lower than the national average — 23rd highest

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49. Alaska
> Population: 732,000
> Population 65+: 12.4% — 2nd lowest (total: 90,588)
> National parks and historic sites: 24
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: N/A
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 35.0% — 14th highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 49.4% — 5th highest
> Cost of living: 5.1% higher than the national average — 9th highest

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48. Texas
> Population: 29.0 million
> Population 65+: 12.9% — 3rd lowest (total: 3,738,727)
> National parks and historic sites: 14
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 5 hours 6 minutes — 5th highest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 27.5% — 15th lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 37.4% — 11th lowest
> Cost of living: 3.5% lower than the national average — 23rd highest

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47. Idaho
> Population: 1.8 million
> Population 65+: 16.2% — 16th lowest (total: 288,617)
> National parks and historic sites: 7
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 26 minutes — 19th highest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 30.5% — 23rd lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 45.3% — 14th highest
> Cost of living: 7.8% lower than the national average — 21st lowest

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46. New York
> Population: 19.5 million
> Population 65+: 16.9% — 25th lowest (total: 3,295,968)
> National parks and historic sites: 24
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 3 hours 52 minutes — 3rd lowest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 22.2% — 8th lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 41.0% — 21st lowest
> Cost of living: 16.3% higher than the national average — 3rd highest