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Minnesota ranked as the best state to retire

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

AARP, the largest advocate for senior in the United States, ranks Minnesota as the best place to retire in the country. They rated Minnesota the top state in the nation on its 2014 scorecard of services and support for older residents. According to the organization, Minnesota has the most senior housing units per senior than any other state – 125 housing units per 1,000 older adults, compared to the national median of 27. The next-highest state is our neighbor to the east, Wisconsin, which has 58 units per 1,000 older adults.

In addition, Minnesota was the only state to rank in the top 25 percent for all five categories AARP measured – affordability, choice of setting and provider, quality of life and care, support for family caregivers and effective transitions, which means the ability to move someone from a nursing home back into the community. Of those categories, Minnesota ranked first in choice of setting and provider, and for quality of life and care.

The population of retirees in Minnesota is growing, with the number of retirees expected to double in the Twin Cities metropolitan area by 2040.