NEW JERSEY – A new study found New Jersey is the No. 31 most fun state for seniors seeking social connection, recreation, and healthy aging.
Is 70 the new 50? Senior citizens used to be thought of as older people nearing the end of their lives. Today, older people seem to look, act, and feel younger than they used to. They want to spend their golden years living their best lives whether they enjoy eating out with friends, playing golf, spending time with family, soaking up the sun or seeing what all the fuss around pickleball is about.
A total of 11 senior lifestyle factors were analyzed in all 50 states and D.C. including average weather, the cost of living, the number of restaurants and golf courses per capita, the size of the senior population, overall health, proximity to airports for family visits, and more.
A few key findings that led to New Jersey’s ranking show seniors account for 16.9% of the population; the average weather is 55.5°F; there are 2.7 golf courses and 212 restaurants per 100,000 residents; and 12% of seniors report feeling lonely or isolated.
The 10 most fun states for seniors are Florida, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Hawaii, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Delaware.
The 10 least fun states are Kentucky, Nevada, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Mississippi, West Virginia, Alabama, Alaska, Louisiana, and Texas.