The 10 Safest States for Seniors

The SeniorList runs down the states where the 65+ crowd can find affordable housing, safe streets and a good quality of life. Did your state make the list?

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10: Wisconsin

Working with data from the U.S. Census Bureau, SeniorList has ranked the 50 states (and the District of Columbia) with the lowest rates of violent crime and fraud and the most affordable housing, statistics that make these states attractive to age 65+ Americans. Wisconsin came in at number 10 in the rankings, with Florida at the number 51 slot.

9: New Hampshire

With 50 million Americans currently 65 years or older, many more Americans are thinking about quality of life issues as they enter their golden years. The SeniorList ranks New Hampshire number 9 out of the top 10 American states that are the safest for seniors.

8: Kansas

According to the SeniorList, Florida, New Mexico, Delaware, Nevada and Arizona/D.C. (tied) are the worst states for seniors, with high rates of fraud, violent-injury death and poverty. However, Kansas ranked number 8 in the best states for seniors, making it a good place for those 65 and older says SeniorList.

7: Indiana

Indiana is number 7 on the SeniorList breakdown of the top 10 best states for seniors 65+.

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6: North Dakota

Of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, North Dakota has the lowest rates of fraud according to the SeniorList.

5: Utah

Utah is known for its spectacular natural beauty and its low percentage of seniors 65+ living in poverty, which means it's also a top pick for SeniorList's best states for seniors.

4: Minnesota

In addition to low crime stats, Minnesota boasts vibrant cities like Minneapolis where visitors can experience great food and art including this sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen on the grounds of the Walker Art Center.

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3: South Dakota

South Dakota has exceptionally low monthly housing costs for renters, as just $696 a month, just one factor that makes the state appealing to seniors.

2: Nebraska

Coming in at number 2 on the best states for seniors 65+ rankings created by SeniorList, Nebraska boasts low monthly housings costs, among other advantages.

1: Iowa

With monthly housing costs for renters of just $740, Iowa is an incredibly affordable state for seniors on fixed incomes. Factor in low rates of fraud and violent injury death and the SeniorList—working from U.S. Census Bureau data—has named Iowa the safest state for seniors 65+.

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