New Report Ranks Iowa #2 in the Nation for Healthiest Seniors

A new analysis of community health data ranks Iowa second in the nation for the healthiest states for seniors, and reveals four out of the top five U.S. states with the healthiest seniors are located in the Midwest.

With the average cost of health care rising and the U.S. senior population expected to double by 2060, more and more people are concerned with both the quality and affordability of where they live. An annual 2017 report looked at a variety of community health metrics to determine which states have the healthiest over-65 residents and which states are trailing behind the national average. The results of the study show the following are the healthiest states for seniors in 2017:

1. Minnesota
2. Iowa
3. North Dakota
4. Florida
5. Nebraska

The study was commissioned by the consumer insurance agency website and analyzed more than just health care. The research aggregated 20 measures, including cost of living index, median incomes, hospital & nursing home quality and community factors, such as the availability of public parks and air quality. The data were sourced from national public health data as well as private reporting organizations such as the United Health Foundation. Each state was ranked based on a weighted average of variables.    

“The combination of lower average costs of living and better health care outcomes is why the Midwestern states beat out more common retirement destinations,” said senior data scientist Win Pratt.

Minnesota ranked among the top eight states in four of the five major categories, only missing out on Cost of Living. Minnesota’s Twin Cities area fared the best in the Community Factors category, with some of the best-rated public parks in the nation.

Iowa displayed tremendous versatility by ranking no worse than 13th in any of the five categories.

North Dakota scored exceptionally well in Environment, Community Well-Being and Cost of Living.

Florida, already considered by many to be the top retirement destination, was boosted even further by good scores in both Health Care and Population.

Nebraska rounded out the top five, thanks to its Environment, Cost of Living and Community Well-Being scores.

For a full summary of findings and methodology, visit the full report here.