Illinois ranks the 26th best state for elderly Americans

With a median household income of $44,955 for seniors 65 and older, Illinois ranked 26th best among the 50 states based on how its older population is faring, according to a recent analysis by the website 24/7 Wall St.

A resident of Illinois who is 65 years old can expect to live until age 84.5, the financial news website reports. And the state’s poverty rate for its 65-and-older population is 8.8 percent, according to 24/7 Wall St.

The analysis used data from the Census Bureau and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rank the overall conditions of seniors in every state based on measures such as income levels, health, access to transportation and educational attainment.

The importance of how seniors are faring in the 50 states will only grow in importance in the years ahead because the nation’s retirement population is expected to increase by 100 percent between 2018 and 2060, the study said.

Quality of Life for Older Americans by State, From Worst to Best

RankStateLife Expectancy at Age 6565-and-Older Poverty Rate65-and-Older Population With a DisabilityMedian Income for 65-and-Older HouseholdsState Population 65 and Older50West Virginia82.510.0%41.2%$36,147361,21649Arkansas82.910.2%41.9%$37,762507,67648Mississippi82.612.4%39.6%$36,415474,42347Louisiana83.112.4%38.0%$36,345720,61046Alabama82.710.3%39.0%$37,977829,66345Kentucky82.510.2%39.7%$38,254731,39244Tennessee83.19.2%37.4%$39,9331.1 million43Oklahoma82.98.7%42.6%$40,928619,60142Nevada83.99.8%33.6%$46,406475,12041Texas84.211.1%36.4%$44,3193.6 million40Missouri83.68.2%36.4%$41,0381 million39New Mexico84.713.3%40.0%$39,989368,48038Indiana83.47.9%34.9%$41,3421.1 million37Ohio83.28.6%34.1%$41,4062 million36South Carolina83.39.5%34.3%$42,161899,75435Georgia83.510.2%34.0%$42,7811.5 million34Idaho84.48.6%35.3%$42,678279,44133Florida85.310.6%32.8%$43,8044.4 million32Michigan83.99.0%34.1%$42,8161.7 million31North Dakota84.510.3%33.4%$44,824116,43330North Carolina83.98.7%34.3%$41,1691.7 million29Pennsylvania84.08.3%33.2%$41,7622.3 million28Arizona85.18.6%33.6%$46,1521.3 million27Wisconsin84.77.9%30.6%$41,362986,48326Illinois84.58.8%32.0%$44,9552 million25Iowa84.57.1%31.1%$42,995537,81824Rhode Island84.611.2%32.4%$42,424182,64523California85.710.5%33.5%$54,2725.7 million22Nebraska84.47.6%33.7%$42,851303,99821Maine83.79.1%33.8%$40,435276,06920Wyoming84.27.3%33.9%$44,87096,55719South Dakota84.49.0%31.2%$42,361146,35818Kansas84.08.0%36.5%$42,989462,19117New York85.611.8%31.5%$45,3023.2 million16Montana83.59.4%31.9%$42,745200,23915Oregon84.57.9%33.6%$47,314739,61114New Jersey85.38.0%30.0%$53,6371.4 million13Minnesota85.37.6%30.9%$47,054888,63412Alaska84.16.7%37.4%$59,33988,00011Delaware84.46.1%30.9%$54,744180,75610Virginia84.58.4%33.1%$51,4011.3 million9Vermont84.89.3%31.9%$44,302123,8758Washington84.97.2%34.0%$52,1501.2 million7Massachusetts84.99.1%31.2%$49,7561.1 million6Utah84.56.1%32.9%$53,670351,2975Connecticut85.47.9%29.4%$54,629613,1474New Hampshire84.25.5%30.5%$50,240245,1563Hawaii86.56.5%31.7%$65,078261,4672Maryland84.67.3%30.7%$59,536931,0411Colorado85.07.4%31.1%$51,537807,855

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

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