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Florida has a reputation as a senior haven. But is it?

An analysis by The Senior List released this week ranked Florida dead last in a lineup of states that are considered the "safest" for seniors.
Florida ranked poorly for the “safest” states for seniors. Pictured are two women shuffleboarding in St. Petersburg in 2017.
Florida ranked poorly for the “safest” states for seniors. Pictured are two women shuffleboarding in St. Petersburg in 2017.
Published Jan. 10, 2019

Florida's reputation as the ideal retirement state may not be all it's cracked up to be. An analysis by the Senior List released this week ranked Florida dead last in a lineup of states that are considered the "safest" for seniors.

The analysis by the review site for seniors ranked states, and included Washington, D.C., based on frauds per 100,000 people, the percentage of those 65 years and older living in poverty, the violent injury death rate per 100,000 people, monthly housing costs for renters and the percentage of those 65 years and older living alone.

Florida ranked No. 50 for fraud, No. 43 for those living in poverty, No. 39 for violent injury death rate, No. 39 for housing costs and No. 42 for those living alone. The best states for seniors were Iowa (No. 1), Nebraska (No. 2) and South Dakota (No. 3).

Contact Malena Carollo at mcarollo@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2249. Follow @malenacarollo.

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