Bad news for senior citizens in the Sunshine State.
While Florida has a reputation for being a beautiful retirement destination, new data from The Senior List found the state may actually be the riskiest place for senior citizens to live.
The site analyzed the following factors:
- frauds per 100,000 people
- median monthly housing costs for renters
- percentage of 65+ living in poverty
- violent-injury death rate per 100,000
- percentage of the state’s 65+ population living alone
Why did Florida rank so poorly?
Florida had the second highest rate of fraud in the country, with 933 frauds per 100,000 people. The risk may be even higher for seniors in Tampa Bay — the area was one of the nation’s top five metro areas for fraud reports, according to the latest report from the Federal Trade Commission.
Florida is also a more economically challenging place to live. The median monthly housing cost for renters is on the higher side at $1,077. And compared to other states, more of Florida’s elderly population lives alone (4.51%) and lives in poverty (10.2%).
Finally, the chance of violence is higher. According to the study, 21.2 out of every 100,000 deaths for senior citizens in Florida were related to violent injuries. This is above the national average of 18 per 100,000 deaths.
How safe are other places around the country?
Each state (and the District of Columbia) was ranked and given a number 1-51. The lower the number, the safer the state.
Here is the full ranking:
50. New Mexico
47. District of Columbia
41. New York
37. South Carolina
33. Rhode Island
31. West Virginia
28. North Carolina
14. New Jersey
9. New Hampshire
6. North Dakota
3. South Dakota