Your golden years should be a time when you are relaxed, enjoying life and, of course, feeling safe, but some states are safer than others for retirees. The seniorlist.com takes a look at the safest states in the nation analyzing five criteria - reports of fraud, monthly housing costs for renters, residents over the age of 65 living in poverty, average annual rate of violent-injury death among residents 65 and older per 100,000 people and seniors living alone as a percentage of the state’s overall population.
The safest state was Iowa, followed by Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Utah. Interestingly enough Florida, which is a popular state among retirees, was the state that posed the most risk for seniors. Seniors in Iowa experience a low number of frauds, percentage of people 65 years and older living in poverty and a low percentage of seniors living alone as a percentage of the state’s overall population.