And The Best State To Grow Old In Is...

Tyler Durden's picture

Elder-care company recently conducted a study to determine the best US states to grow old in. And the winner is…


That's right: In addition to being one of the top 5 fiscally responsible states in the Union, the home of Mormonism is also the most friendly state for elderly Americans to grow old and retire in. Earlier this year, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University compiled a comprehensive study, based on a number of objective financial metrics, ranking the 50 US states according to their overall fiscal condition. Utah came in third behind Alaska and Florida.

But Utah handily bested both those states on a ranking based on 13 categories including quality, cost, and availability of health care for seniors, as well as factors that speak to the state’s overall quality of life.

Here’s a breakdown of the data, courtesy of Bloomberg:

Best states:
South Carolina/$3,000

Worst states:
North Dakota/$3,340
New York/$4,136
West Virginia/$3,263

New York, one of the worst states for retirees, was singled out because of the extreme disparity between health-care cost and quality, as Bloomberg explains…

“New York, No. 33 in the well-being ranking, was singled out by for its extremes. The very high cost of the state’s health care doesn’t produce results close to commensurate with that spending, according to the report. While New York ranked 46th in cost (the lower the rank, the higher the cost), its life/health care quality rank was 34 (the lower the rank, the worse the quality). Massachusetts had a similar pattern; it ranked 49th in cost and 18th in quality. That’s reflective of a larger trend in the U.S.—high spending on health care isn’t translating into longer lives, as this interactive graphic demonstrates.”

Washington State and California do a better job of translating higher costs to better-quality care…

“Higher costs show more of a payoff in Washington state and California. Washington is 38th for cost and is the top state for quality of life and health care. California has a cost ranking of 36 and quality ranking of 3 (it’s tied with Oregon for quality).”

According to Bloomberg, the lighter the color, the higher the overall ranking of the state as a place to grow old.

The study was conducted by, which ranked states on 13 categories, including quality, cost, and availability of health care for seniors. The study’s authors used a range of data sets, including Census data and proprietary data sets from AARP.

“The ranking, which drew on data from the U.S. Census, the insurer Genworth, AARP, the Commonwealth Fund, and Gallup-Healthways, among others, also factored in 150,000 consumer reviews from’s database of facilities and care providers for seniors. The availability, quality, and cost of care for the elderly got greater attention in the report than some of the common measures used in retirement destination rankings.”

As Tim Sullivan, vice president at, explains, the author’s decision to name the study “The Best States To Grow Old In” instead of “The Best States To Retire In” was meant to highlight an important distinction...

“One reason we call this report the best states to grow old, versus best states to retire, is because it’s really important for people to plan out their 60s, 70s, and 80s with as much care as they plan their retirement in their 30s, 40s, and 50s,” said Tim Sullivan, vice president at “Your needs change as you age, and they are not always going to be driven by the sort of leisure or amenities or weather considerations that are what a lot of people think about retirement.”

The report’s greatest utility, according to Bloomberg, is helping to spark a discussion about where millennials should plan on settling down for the long haul. Unfortunately, Utah is largely devoid of the amenities – like comprehensive public transportation and quality night life – that millennials covet. But affordable health care, low taxes and the state’s overall low cost of living make a compelling case for going without.

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Pool Shark's picture

I call BS on this 'study.'

Wyoming is an Income-Tax-Free state that respects constitutional freedoms and has abundant clean air and water.

How could it possibly be the worst state to grow old in?

[PS: No permit required to carry openly OR concealed!]

[PPS: Oh, maybe they mean its the worst state for official 'Free Shit Army' members to grow old in. Okay, I can see that...]



J S Bach's picture

I wonder what the best state in which to be young is.

El Oregonian's picture

Utah is great up until Yellowstone erupts...

evokanivo's picture

If you're old you don't give a shit - might as well go out in style.

Blurb's picture

Very low property tax (aka rent to the government to live on their land) too.

HRH Feant2's picture

I am looking to move. My choices are Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Maine.

forestgump227's picture

Yes open carry is very important to 90 year olds, also they have a lot of income so they don't want an income tax

canisdirus's picture

The problem with WY is that there is very little infrastructure. You could be hours from a hospital and specialty geriatric care might not even be available within the state. When you grow very old, there is value in living somewhere close to health care facilities with extensive capabilities.

Refuse-Resist's picture

Or just keep your .45/70 handy in the nightstand. That's all the healthcare infrastructure you'll ever need..

Rabidcephalopod's picture

I'm thinking lack of healthcare/geriatric services is a big plus. When you're 85, do you REALLY want to get sucked into the medical-industrial complex where they bus the nursing home inhabitants to the hospital every year en-masse for their yearly colonoscopy?

drstrangelove73's picture

You are exactly right.Im a physician in a'medically underserved area' and everyone here gets everything they need without exception or regard to ability to pay.And a 'geriatrician' is about as useful as tits on a boar hog or a 'palliative care' specialist.Honestly,the do nothing disciplines that have been Created for women physicians to occupy as 'full time ' jobs are a complete joke.They work 20 hours a week and do what an internist or family practice doctor could do for less.Dont get me started.The quality data on NY and Mass point out what I mean...

Chuck Walla's picture

Denver is very close. So is SLC.

canisdirus's picture

I once lived near the middle of WY and neither are close. Close by local standards, perhaps, but still 6+ hours and over 400 miles away. There was a hospital ~60 miles away with limited services (could have been worse, at least I was near a highway).

The area was so remote that people waved when they saw other cars. I wasn't sure why, but everyone did. You'd often go 5-10 minutes between seeing them at 70mph, too. In fact, where I lived had one of the lowest population densities in the entire US, not just the lower 48.

unsafe-space-time's picture

"Grow old"? I don't think there is much growing going on. You mean best states to die or degrade or decompose? Once you stop growing you start dying. A good death is impossible in modern life.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


I know too much about hospitals and retirement homes.

I am dying at my home for free.

I skipped the DO NOT RESUSCITATE and went for the DO NOT ADMIT.



Nekoti's picture

Not for free, the State will tax you one way or another.

Billy the Poet's picture

And my advice for those who die,

Declare the pennies on your eyes.


Taxman -- George Harrison and Eric Clapton (live)

clade7's picture

This article was regarding final stage quality of care? Yeah...No brainer...It aint got nuttin to do with the mutherfukin' money!  Preponderance of nursing home staff in Utah is White...So sure, thats the place to be for kind and gentle treatment, no matter the cost! 


Tell me I'm wrong!  You know I am not! 


The other State spics and coons run amok and steal all sorts of shit from old Whiteys!  Slap them around, tease and shit, take their mutherfukin pills, scrub they ass with they own old white bastard in final stage of Life better get themselves to Utah....Or go down with dignity...fighting....Although....


I suppose, I'd like my diapers changed by a hot young Latina just once!...shit!...slap me around, call me 'pendahoe' and steal my pills even!  If this scenario was my final time spent on Earth, I'd be steady shittin like a Playdoh Fun Factory!

El Crusty's picture

If they admit you when you are in your death-throws, they aren't going to magically save or extend your life, just gives the "healthcare" people an excuse to take your home from you to pay off that bill they ran up on you all the while knowing there was nothing they could really do to keep you alive for any significant amount of time.
If you have a home it will still go to any heirs instead of being sold off to pay tens of thousands if not a hundred thousand plus in unecessary medical treatments.

knukles's picture

Best just not grow old
Act immature always

Nekoti's picture

I tried that, but ended up divorced.

Sanity Bear's picture

try harder and you'll end up with a waifu

besnook's picture

japanese pronunciation of wife. i don't know what he is referring to, but a japanese waifu is much better than an american biatch.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

What's the best state to grow old in?
Nah-ah, man, not me. My motto is to live forever or die in the attempt.
BTW, so far, so good. ;-)

HRH Feant2's picture

Oh great, another delusional asshat like my father. That works great until you are deaf, can't see, and too old to figure out how to make modern technology work. And when you run out of money that hot young thing you have been paying will slink off to find her next victim.

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

They are not a "victim" when they purposefully seek gold diggers out. It's a willing participant with a willing perpetrator. They cry and bitch when they ran out money to play the game just like gamblers ran out of chips then blame it on the casino for being there. Even if those casinos are miles and miles away from their own home.

Nekoti's picture

Thanks for the clarification. I concur with your biatch sentiment.

NukeChinaNow's picture

Marriage. The first act in the death spiral of maturity and the end of happiness. No thanks.  :-)

Nekoti's picture

Yes, learned that the hard way.

consider me gone's picture

You too huh? On the upside though I can be who I am and hit a lot of concerts. Metallicas current tour is truly awesome by the way (and I hate the word awesome.).

Nekoti's picture

Lots of people do not get why I stay single. I try to convey to them, that every morning I awake,I alone decide what I will do for the day. Saw Metallica at Texas Jam in '88. Enjoyed the whole show.

GatorMcClusky's picture

Obama used the personal pronoun "I" a lot, too. Understand?

Refuse-Resist's picture

Monsters of Rock -- Houston Texas 1987 at Rice Stadium -- Biggest trash fight in the history of man.

Metallica, Scorpions, Van Halen FUCK YEAH!

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

My friends and their wives are always looking for some nice lady for me, so I can be as miserable as they are.

XBroker1's picture

I must be missing the problem here...

Yen Cross's picture

    I like your thinking Knuks.

didthatreallyhappen's picture

who cares?  I want to know the best state to receive a blow job.

WestVillageIdiot's picture

That would be the state of inebriation.

813kml's picture

Mormon brides tithe their BJs to Joe Smith's statue.

Tonkin _Gulf_Yacht_Club's picture

BYU bookstore has official kneepads