New Study Reveals US States Where Retirees are Happiest
A Gallup-Healthways study that ranked states by how happy their older residents are put Hawaii at the top of its list, followed by Arizona, New Hampshire and North Dakota. The state with the lowest well-being ranking for older adults was West Virginia.
The report is based on data submitted from over 100,000 interviews with people age 55 and older aimed at capturing how Americans feel and experience their day-to-day lives. The five elements of well-being used were: purpose, social, financial, community and physical health.
Hawaii led the nation in purpose, community and physical well-being. Arizona was top for social well-being and North Dakota led in financial well-being.
Among the report’s other findings:
As one gets older, they have a greater sense of well-being.
People 75+ reported higher well-being than those 65 - 74, who reported greater happiness than those 55 - 64.
The study suggested that older Americans make healthier lifestyle choices, like eating more health-conscious and not smoking ― and thus thrive more.
Those 75+ have lower rates of obesity and depression as compared to their younger counterparts, although among all age categories, obesity and depression reach their highest rates from age 55 - 64.