The Best and Worst States for Retirees

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20. Rhode Island
> Population: 1.1 million
> Population 65+: 17.7% — 15th highest (total: 187,155)
> National parks and historic sites: 2
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 11 minutes — 17th lowest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 28.4% — 18th lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 46.4% — 11th highest
> Cost of living: 1.3% higher than the national average — 14th highest

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19. North Carolina
> Population: 10.5 million
> Population 65+: 16.7% — 23rd lowest (total: 1,750,935)
> National parks and historic sites: 10
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 35 minutes — 16th highest (tied)
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 32.7% — 20th highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 37.6% — 12th lowest
> Cost of living: 8.3% lower than the national average — 19th lowest

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18. New Mexico
> Population: 2.1 million
> Population 65+: 18.0% — 12th highest (total: 377,730)
> National parks and historic sites: 15
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 5 hours 20 minutes — 3rd highest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 30.5% — 23rd lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 40.0% — 19th lowest
> Cost of living: 8.9% lower than the national average — 17th lowest

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17. Kansas
> Population: 2.9 million
> Population 65+: 16.4% — 20th lowest (total: 477,996)
> National parks and historic sites: 5
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 4 hours 37 minutes — 15th highest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 36.0% — 10th highest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 42.8% — 24th highest
> Cost of living: 10.8% lower than the national average — 13th lowest

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16. Arizona
> Population: 7.3 million
> Population 65+: 18.0% — 13th highest (total: 1,307,241)
> National parks and historic sites: 22
> Avg. hours of full-sun per day: 5 hours 27 minutes — the highest
> Adults 65+ who volunteer: 25.0% — 11th lowest
> Adults 65+ in good or excellent health: 45.3% — 14th highest
> Cost of living: 3.7% lower than the national average — 25th highest