What do Florida and Maine have in common? They are the destination for seniors…
On first glance, it might seem as though Florida and Maine have little in common.
Then, all becomes clear. At least it did after another infographic entered our mailbox.
It has been put together by a dentist brand of all companies, but the results are interesting to say the least. Put simply, it has revealed that both Florida and Maine have huge elderly populations.
How old are we talking? If the statistics in the infographic are to be believed (and the fact that the data has been sourced from the official Census suggests it should be), almost 20% of both states are comprised of seniors.
It’s only when you start to look at other states, who are perhaps on the low side, that things start to become that little more shocking:
- Arkansas – 10.07%
- Utah – 10.25%
- Texas – 11.86%
- District of Colombia – 11.86%
- Georgia – 12.75%
Of course, if we put this to hard and fast numbers, the situation is a little more different. Some of the states we have spoken about aren’t the largest in the country, and the mantle therefore goes to other areas. For example, while the overall percentage of seniors in California might be just 13.21%, this still equates to well over 5m people.
The statistics haven’t just relied on the total number of over 65s in individual areas, though. As well as this, the data has looked at median age.
Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of correlation when it comes to this. Florida is still up there, with a median age of 41.8, although the following other states have managed to overtake it in this regard:
- Maine – 44.3 years
- Vermont – 42.8 years
- New Hampshire – 42.7 years
- West Virginia 42.2 years
However, by far and away the most interesting elements for us were statistics that related to cities. Granted, these figures are always going to be a little more extreme, considering the fact they are dealing with a much smaller number of people. It quickly became apparent why Florida performed so “well” in this study though, with some cities (such as The Villages) being comprised of over 54% of seniors. This was something of an exception, as the next city in the list was 38.3% in the form of Punta Gorda. Still, these cities were streets ahead of those based in other states, with the nearest competition being Prescott, in Arizona, which has 28.92% of over 65s.
The infographic can be found here if you want to find out more about the data.