US News ranks best states for aging

Colorado is the best state for elderly people to live in, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 list of the Best States for Aging.

The list ranks states' efforts to keep senior citizens healthy, financially secure and involved in their communities. To compile the ranking, U.S. News calculated a composite rating for each state based on 12 factors, including life expectancy at age 65, the amount of nursing homes in the state with at least four stars from CMS and the number of elderly residents with a dedicated primary care physician.

U.S. News used data from the CDC, CMS, Genworth Cost of Care Survey, Kaiser Family Foundation, Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and United Health Foundation to compile the rankings.

Here are the best states for aging, as ranked by U.S. News.

  1. Colorado
  2. Maine
  3. Hawaii
  4. Iowa
  5. South Dakota
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Minnesota
  8. Vermont
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Florida
  11. Washington
  12. Massachusetts
  13. Nebraska
  14. Michigan
  15. Idaho
  16. Kansas
  17. Delaware
  18. Connecticut
  19. North Dakota
  20. California
  21. Rhode Island
  22. Utah
  23. Arizona
  24. Pennsylvania
  25. Ohio
  26. Missouri
  27. New Jersey
  28. Maryland
  29. Montana
  30. Oregon
  31. Illinois
  32. South Carolina
  33. Nevada
  34. Virginia
  35. Indiana
  36. New Mexico
  37. New York
  38. Wyoming
  39. North Carolina
  40. Georgia
  41. Alabama
  42. Texas
  43. Tennessee
  44. Arkansas
  45. Kentucky
  46. West Virginia
  47. Oklahoma
  48. Mississippi
  49. Louisiana
  50. Alaska

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