Sunday, June 1, 2008

Demographics of Aging Continued

Behind Florida, the state with the second highest percentage of people age 65 and older is West Virginia, followed by Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Iowa, Maine, South Dakota and Rhode Island. It’s easy to understand why Florida is the leading state because so many retired people move there. These other states share a common characteristic. As the population ages, the older people stay in-state while many of the younger population immigrate elsewhere. But the states with the fastest growth in aging population include Nevada, Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. Living in Colorado I’ve seen that older people move here to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle and often to be near children and grandchildren.

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