Minnesota claims the honor as 2017’s Healthiest State for Seniors. Minnesota’s top billing comes partly in thanks to ranking fourth in overall health care factors, second in community well-being, sixth in population and eighth in environmental factors. Breaking it down further, Minnesota ranked:
- 1st in food insecurity among seniors, with just 8% of those age 60 and over suffering.
- 1st in prescription drug coverage, with 88% of those 65 and over having a plan that covers at least the Medicare standard.
- 2nd in volunteerism among those age 65 and over, with 38% of the demographic being involved.
- 2nd in the ratio of home health care workers to residents age 75 and over.
- 2nd in the percentage of dental visits among those 65 and over, at 76%.
The following cities in Minnesota scored highly in our analysis of health factors.
- Duluth - Combining a relatively higher percentage of residents over 65 with a high ratio of hospital beds to patients and low cost of living, Duluth is an attractive destination for seniors.
- Minneapolis - Minneapolis ranked highest in community factors, including Park Score, and had the highest number of senior living community options in the state.
- St. Paul - St. Paul, the capital of Minnesota and adjoining city to Minneapolis, scored well in overall health metrics including air quality measures and park score.