No doubt about it, the percentage of Americans who are growing old--and living longer--is increasing. And this trend isn't expected to change until the Baby Boom generation passes stage right.
So, what are the best states for critical "senior needs" like medical care, access to services, infrastructure, or other amenities that are increasingly necessary as people age?
The folks over at 24/7 Wall St.com have formulated an answer:
The best states:
2. New Hampshire
The worst states:
3. West Virginia
7. New Mexico
The Motley Monk would observe that one of the problems associated with lists like this one is that they use aggregated data. When compiled, while those data provide a pretty accurate generalization about the quality of life in the states, the generalization portrayed overlooks the particulars associated with specific towns, cities, and counties in those states.
For example, Fayetteville, Arkansas, is a gem of a place to grow old. It's not only a university town (the Razorbacks and lots of young people to keep youthful) but it also provides all of the amenities needed to flourish while growing old. There's four seasons (with a short winter season), the arts, a world-class medical facility, all sorts of sustainability programs, weekly organic farmstands, golf courses, bike paths, and nature trails, and a very low cost of living. One would never think that by examining 24/7 Wall St.com's listing. Why? Arkansas ranks 4th from the bottom of the worst states in which to grow old.
The Motley Monk also understands that the nations of Costa Rica (the higher up the mountainsides the better), Panama, and the Philippines (sans terrorists) are real bargains, too. And, that's to say nothing about Lenoir, NC! Check it out.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the detail list of 24/7 Wall St.com's best and worst states in which to grow old, click on the following link: