The 10 fastest-aging states

As baby boomers age, the nation’s population of senior citizens is growing rapidly, especially in these states.

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Jun 11, 2013 6:42AM
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The scariest part of these statistics is the number of senior citizens living under the poverty level. America ..... land of the free, home of the brave .... baseball, hotdogs and apple pie .... and grandma and grandpa bearly existing while having to chose between taking their medications and eating. 
Jun 11, 2013 7:33AM
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Being  a person of statue and with a brain.  I have come to one conclusion about the aged.  We have contributed to society as well as anyone else, but we get no recognition for what we have done in life.  The only one who really cares is God almighty and the rest doesn't really matter.  So being that said, lets all just enjoy life while we can.  Because the future of man is short and not very pleasant to know that we all die and that is the end of life as we know it.  Who cares what we have to pay or where we live!!!!  It's a short time and lets make the best of it.  Quit crying and start smiling, life is too short!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 11, 2013 4:23AM
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Actually, all persons in all states are aging at the same rate:  1 year per year.
Jun 11, 2013 6:51AM
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It is to bad these people haven't gotten any smarter as they aged.  They still back the same useless politicians and AARP.
Jun 11, 2013 6:41AM
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All these places have a high crime rate and high housing cost also taxes. how come these surveys never show small towns that have better living for old people
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and LaRaza has counted on it with their birthing policy...and they are ahead of their goals...attend their annual meetings...and race sessions...thanks to Open Borders...USA...we are a nation of illegals..

Jun 11, 2013 9:04AM
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I retired and moved from New Jersey to Coastal North Carolina two years ago. It’s great, I never want it to change. That’s why I’m taking up a petition to limit the number of additional people from New Jersey and New York who can get in.

Jun 11, 2013 9:14AM
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These are all great places to visit, but I would rather settle in a lower-cost/ higher temperature location than Alaska, Idaho,...and I wonder why there's such a high percentage living below poverty. Too many living on social security without other investments, or is it the cost of living?
Jun 11, 2013 9:13AM
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every state grew about a third in the last 13 years?  what was the slowest growing retiree population?  2% 20%?  can we see some numbers that put this in perspective? how much of the general population retired in the last 13 years?  just another waste of time click generator story.
Jun 11, 2013 6:45AM
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After, I reach retiring age, I am going to most  definitely elope from Texas and move back home to Sweet Maple Leaf Canada or maybe Louisana? 
Jun 11, 2013 7:18AM
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Not only are the numbers biased and without background it is said by a site and news agency with a long history of a liberal agenda take everything you read with a grain of salt and look at the  motive behind it. Also look at the numbers as compared to any other country you might be suprised at how well those numbers are even compared to Europe.
Jun 11, 2013 10:19AM
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It's all a result of not planning your future...This generation, product of the war, started having more babies than they could afford, not thinking about college tuitions or living conditions, living for the moment, not saving a dime, not thinking about depreciation & higher taxes...or longevity.  They're realizing that even with all the $ & discounts they receive, their living conditions will never be the same as when they were earning a salary.  The American Dream, ha, what a fallacy.  I'm 50 something, amazing Fico score, pay everything on time, what do I get back... I own a house, but if I stop paying the outrageous property taxes & home insurance, they will expropriate.. I own a car, if I stop paying the outrageous auto insurance, I can't drive it.  I have a kid, gave him the be$$t private education, and I try to avoid debt...you know for the sour years.  What is now the age of retirement? 80?? All my savings, either will go to my old age ailments or to the next generation.  In conclusion, you pay ad infinitum for things that will never be really yours, a real bummer. I would LOVE to own my piece of land, my house, my car, live worry free in my old age, and live in a country where EDUCATION is free for all, oh well.
Jun 11, 2013 10:24AM
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MSNBC:

M - Machiavellian

S - Socialists

N - Neurotics

B - Bigots

C - Communists

 

with absolutely no journalistic skills...

Jun 11, 2013 12:48PM
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This story is bunk. I'm 63, not born yesterday like so many who soak up this crapola as something worth while, The truth is, the senior population is growing in every state because of the boomer's. Those states are not anything special or different because of the numbers. The numbers are random and will change as they do. The numbers of seniors in California is greater that any other state only because of the total population. The things we need to look at is cost of living and services. Taxes and utilities costs. Has infrastructure been in place and paid for? Good senior programs, good medical, good hwy&air transportation, cost of housing, and quality of fire and police protection. How does the insurance industry rate the area? Is the Fire, Flood, Earth Quake, Sink Hole, Tornado, Hurricane, and ghetto elements at play. The thing I see is not where you live being so important, but how well you adapt to weather and utility costs as well as foods. We all have to look at the value of our retirement dollars. Not just seniors. As the Feds keep printing dollars at a faster rate, the dollars we saved become worth less and less. Inflation is not our friend. World Trade and Free Market Trade for Energy leaves everyone in the poor house. The only folks who live well are those who own controlling interest of the large oil and power companies. I was able to save about 15% of all my income for 45 years and in the last 20 years my savings VALUE has gone down 35% without spending a dime. Food cost, fuel, clothing, drugs, and medical way way higher. While the interest rate for saving down to record lows. What I was thinking was a better lifestyle after age 60. I lost $300K in cash value not increased value. Our American dream is not a money hole that keeps getting larger as government dollars being printed have no value. We need to create dollar value in things other than housing, and medical cost, Value was gold for years, then it went worthless.

 

My best idea to date is that baby boomers need to pool together and create communes with thousands of homes. With gardens, farms, health care, transportation, recreation, and common dating and partnership with get together so we pair up. Build a living community that has solar, garbage biomass energy recycle, water, and even own phone system via online wifi. Not that difficult to plan and build all over the country. The commune/co-op system being inside a tax rate of a county, state and fed, and of its own like HOA. Some county taxes for fire and law. Designed to be stable and hold off inflation. Any one else see this working?

Jun 11, 2013 10:36AM
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Can't see living in any of those places, or for that much wanting  to retire, time off work really sucks, but there's the weekends and nights when you have to go home. so in other words i have no life what so ever!
Jun 11, 2013 11:38AM
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The analysis for your study of "Best places to retire for under $40,000" focused entirely on  area housing costs while mentioning  "amenities" like geriatric care, free college tuition and zoo admission, things to do etc.  Unfortunately, Baldwin County, AL was not listed  in your "study" even though it  posts significantly lower rental costs (using the same census data)  than Columbia, SC:

Baldwin County - $674        Columbia, SC - $712

Additionally, Baldwin's small but vibrant coastal cities offer practically every "amenity" that retirees could ever want with some of the best year-round weather in the nation.

Finally, the overall "cost of living" in our state is among the lowest in the U.S. and access to excellent, local healthcare facilities - including a nationally recognized university medical school and hospital - is readily available.

Perhaps you should take another "look" at Baldwin County, AL.  We who live here call it "the best kept secret" in America!

Come visit and see for yourself.

Jun 11, 2013 11:05AM
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I didn't know that states age.  I thought it was the RESIDENTS that age.
Jun 11, 2013 7:19AM
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I was noticing something in the New Mexico picture.
The American flag is lowered and there is another flag flying a bit higher than Old Glory.


Jun 11, 2013 10:06AM
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It is sad to see all those elderly people who did not save for retirement.....now they will be sucking up Medicaid and drain the resources of this country...you have either saved enough money to retire at your comfort level or did nothing with your life and depend on public assistance....the majority of elderly depend on Medicaid.....look at how much it sucks out of the country's resources...close to 50% in many States and rising....a lesson to the current generation save save save!!!!!!!
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