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Which States Most Popular with Senior Citizens

May 31, 2005 - The states with the highest percentage of senior citizens (65+) might surprise you. Well, not Florida, we all know they are number one. But, the next ten are not exactly your easy living, soak up the sun and surf type states.

 
 

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The charts below, based on U.S. Bureau of the Census estimates, show the states ranked by percent of their population that is 65+, states with the most senior citizens, states ranked by growth in senior population and an alphabetical list so you can check your state.

 

The 65+ Population by State 2003

Ranked by % of Seniors

Numbers  Number % 65+  Ch. 93 - 03 
US (50 States + DC)  35,919,174 12.4% 9.50%
Florida  2,897,383 17.0% 14.30%
Pennsylvania  1,901,764 15.4% 0.40%
West Virginia  277,220 15.3% 0.40%
North Dakota  93,837 14.8% 0.80%
Iowa  433,618 14.7% 0.10%
Maine  188,385 14.4% 10.60%
South Dakota  109,040 14.3% 4.30%
Rhode Island  150,797 14.0% -2.30%
Arkansas  377,682 13.9% 5.40%
Montana  125,160 13.6% 12.20%
Connecticut  470,689 13.5% 2.20%
Hawaii  169,346 13.5% 20.90%
Nebraska  232,387 13.4% 2.30%
Massachusetts  856,982 13.3% 0.90%
Missouri  759,980 13.3% 3.00%
Ohio  1,516,771 13.3% 3.00%
Alabama  592,181 13.2% 8.60%
Delaware  106,896 13.1% 22.40%
Oklahoma  461,133 13.1% 5.30%
Kansas  353,585 13.0% 0.50%
New Jersey  1,123,842 13.0% 4.80%
New York  2,488,959 13.0% 3.90%
Wisconsin  711,987 13.0% 5.50%
Vermont  80,132 12.9% 16.10%
Arizona  714,467 12.8% 32.40%
Oregon  453,568 12.7% 9.00%
Kentucky  512,381 12.4% 6.40%
Tennessee  726,683 12.4% 12.30%
Indiana  763,059 12.3% 5.30%
Michigan  1,236,501 12.3% 5.40%
South Carolina  511,732 12.3% 19.90%
Mississippi  349,407 12.1% 6.10%
North Carolina  1,016,214 12.1% 17.00%
District of Columbia  67,845 12.0% -11.90%
Minnesota  609,396 12.0% 7.60%
New Hampshire  154,174 12.0% 15.90%
New Mexico  225,266 12.0% 27.10%
Wyoming  59,963 12.0% 17.70%
Illinois  1,507,377 11.9% 1.80%
Louisiana  524,348 11.7% 7.80%
Idaho  155,652 11.4% 20.60%
Maryland  624,980 11.3% 13.20%
Virginia  833,427 11.3% 17.20%
Washington  690,583 11.3% 13.30%
Nevada  250,787 11.2% 60.50%
California  3,764,870 10.6% 12.80%
Texas  2,175,256 9.8% 18.30%
Colorado  441,371 9.7% 22.80%
Georgia  826,506 9.5% 18.70%
Utah  203,007 8.6% 22.50%
Alaska  40,598 6.3% 50.30%

Ranked by number of Seniors

Numbers  Number % 65+  Ch. 93 - 03 
US (50 States + DC)  35,919,174 12.4% 9.50%
California  3,764,870 10.6% 12.80%
Florida  2,897,383 17.0% 14.30%
New York  2,488,959 13.0% 3.90%
Texas  2,175,256 9.8% 18.30%
Pennsylvania  1,901,764 15.4% 0.40%
Ohio  1,516,771 13.3% 3.00%
Illinois  1,507,377 11.9% 1.80%
Michigan  1,236,501 12.3% 5.40%
New Jersey  1,123,842 13.0% 4.80%
North Carolina  1,016,214 12.1% 17.00%
Massachusetts  856,982 13.3% 0.90%
Virginia  833,427 11.3% 17.20%
Georgia  826,506 9.5% 18.70%
Indiana  763,059 12.3% 5.30%
Missouri  759,980 13.3% 3.00%
Tennessee  726,683 12.4% 12.30%
Arizona  714,467 12.8% 32.40%
Wisconsin  711,987 13.0% 5.50%
Washington  690,583 11.3% 13.30%
Maryland  624,980 11.3% 13.20%
Minnesota  609,396 12.0% 7.60%
Alabama  592,181 13.2% 8.60%
Louisiana  524,348 11.7% 7.80%
Kentucky  512,381 12.4% 6.40%
South Carolina  511,732 12.3% 19.90%
Connecticut  470,689 13.5% 2.20%
Oklahoma  461,133 13.1% 5.30%
Oregon  453,568 12.7% 9.00%
Colorado  441,371 9.7% 22.80%
Iowa  433,618 14.7% 0.10%
Arkansas  377,682 13.9% 5.40%
Kansas  353,585 13.0% 0.50%
Mississippi  349,407 12.1% 6.10%
West Virginia  277,220 15.3% 0.40%
Nevada  250,787 11.2% 60.50%
Nebraska  232,387 13.4% 2.30%
New Mexico  225,266 12.0% 27.10%
Utah  203,007 8.6% 22.50%
Maine  188,385 14.4% 10.60%
Hawaii  169,346 13.5% 20.90%
Idaho  155,652 11.4% 20.60%
New Hampshire  154,174 12.0% 15.90%
Rhode Island  150,797 14.0% -2.30%
Montana  125,160 13.6% 12.20%
South Dakota  109,040 14.3% 4.30%
Delaware  106,896 13.1% 22.40%
North Dakota  93,837 14.8% 0.80%
Vermont  80,132 12.9% 16.10%
District of Columbia  67,845 12.0% -11.90%
Wyoming  59,963 12.0% 17.70%
Alaska  40,598 6.3% 50.30%

Ranked by % Gain of Seniors 93-03

Numbers  Number % 65+  Ch. 93 - 03 
US (50 States + DC)  35,919,174 12.4% 9.50%
Nevada  250,787 11.2% 60.50%
Alaska  40,598 6.3% 50.30%
Arizona  714,467 12.8% 32.40%
New Mexico  225,266 12.0% 27.10%
Colorado  441,371 9.7% 22.80%
Utah  203,007 8.6% 22.50%
Delaware  106,896 13.1% 22.40%
Hawaii  169,346 13.5% 20.90%
Idaho  155,652 11.4% 20.60%
South Carolina  511,732 12.3% 19.90%
Georgia  826,506 9.5% 18.70%
Texas  2,175,256 9.8% 18.30%
Wyoming  59,963 12.0% 17.70%
Virginia  833,427 11.3% 17.20%
North Carolina  1,016,214 12.1% 17.00%
Vermont  80,132 12.9% 16.10%
New Hampshire  154,174 12.0% 15.90%
Florida  2,897,383 17.0% 14.30%
Washington  690,583 11.3% 13.30%
Maryland  624,980 11.3% 13.20%
California  3,764,870 10.6% 12.80%
Tennessee  726,683 12.4% 12.30%
Montana  125,160 13.6% 12.20%
Maine  188,385 14.4% 10.60%
Oregon  453,568 12.7% 9.00%
Alabama  592,181 13.2% 8.60%
Louisiana  524,348 11.7% 7.80%
Minnesota  609,396 12.0% 7.60%
Kentucky  512,381 12.4% 6.40%
Mississippi  349,407 12.1% 6.10%
Wisconsin  711,987 13.0% 5.50%
Michigan  1,236,501 12.3% 5.40%
Arkansas  377,682 13.9% 5.40%
Indiana  763,059 12.3% 5.30%
Oklahoma  461,133 13.1% 5.30%
New Jersey  1,123,842 13.0% 4.80%
South Dakota  109,040 14.3% 4.30%
New York  2,488,959 13.0% 3.90%
Ohio  1,516,771 13.3% 3.00%
Missouri  759,980 13.3% 3.00%
Nebraska  232,387 13.4% 2.30%
Connecticut  470,689 13.5% 2.20%
Illinois  1,507,377 11.9% 1.80%
Massachusetts  856,982 13.3% 0.90%
North Dakota  93,837 14.8% 0.80%
Kansas  353,585 13.0% 0.50%
Pennsylvania  1,901,764 15.4% 0.40%
West Virginia  277,220 15.3% 0.40%
Iowa  433,618 14.7% 0.10%
Rhode Island  150,797 14.0% -2.30%
District of Columbia  67,845 12.0% -11.90%

Stats in Alpha Order

Numbers  Number % 65+  Ch. 93 - 03 
US (50 States + DC)  35,919,174 12.4% 9.50%
Alabama  592,181 13.2% 8.60%
Alaska  40,598 6.3% 50.30%
Arizona  714,467 12.8% 32.40%
Arkansas  377,682 13.9% 5.40%
California  3,764,870 10.6% 12.80%
Colorado  441,371 9.7% 22.80%
Connecticut  470,689 13.5% 2.20%
Delaware  106,896 13.1% 22.40%
District of Columbia  67,845 12.0% -11.90%
Florida  2,897,383 17.0% 14.30%
Georgia  826,506 9.5% 18.70%
Hawaii  169,346 13.5% 20.90%
Idaho  155,652 11.4% 20.60%
Illinois  1,507,377 11.9% 1.80%
Indiana  763,059 12.3% 5.30%
Iowa  433,618 14.7% 0.10%
Kansas  353,585 13.0% 0.50%
Kentucky  512,381 12.4% 6.40%
Louisiana  524,348 11.7% 7.80%
Maine  188,385 14.4% 10.60%
Maryland  624,980 11.3% 13.20%
Massachusetts  856,982 13.3% 0.90%
Michigan  1,236,501 12.3% 5.40%
Minnesota  609,396 12.0% 7.60%
Mississippi  349,407 12.1% 6.10%
Missouri  759,980 13.3% 3.00%
Montana  125,160 13.6% 12.20%
Nebraska  232,387 13.4% 2.30%
Nevada  250,787 11.2% 60.50%
New Hampshire  154,174 12.0% 15.90%
New Jersey  1,123,842 13.0% 4.80%
New Mexico  225,266 12.0% 27.10%
New York  2,488,959 13.0% 3.90%
North Carolina  1,016,214 12.1% 17.00%
North Dakota  93,837 14.8% 0.80%
Ohio  1,516,771 13.3% 3.00%
Oklahoma  461,133 13.1% 5.30%
Oregon  453,568 12.7% 9.00%
Pennsylvania  1,901,764 15.4% 0.40%
Rhode Island  150,797 14.0% -2.30%
South Carolina  511,732 12.3% 19.90%
South Dakota  109,040 14.3% 4.30%
Tennessee  726,683 12.4% 12.30%
Texas  2,175,256 9.8% 18.30%
Utah  203,007 8.6% 22.50%
Vermont  80,132 12.9% 16.10%
Virginia  833,427 11.3% 17.20%
Washington  690,583 11.3% 13.30%
West Virginia  277,220 15.3% 0.40%
Wisconsin  711,987 13.0% 5.50%
Wyoming  59,963 12.0% 17.70%

 

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