Older adults in the United States enjoy greater well-being than younger ones, but they’re faring far better in some states than in others, according to a recent Gallup survey.
Respondents ages 55 and over scored higher than respondents ages 18 to 54 on all five elements of well-being that the survey measured: sense of purpose, attachment to family and friends, community connections, financial security, and physical health.
And the older you are, the better, the survey suggests.
Across all five elements, respondents ages 65 to 74 reported greater well-being than respondents ages 55 to 64, and respondents ages 75 and over reported the greatest well-being of all.
But the well-being of older Americans varies sharply by state, as it does for the overall population. The state where older Americans are doing best is Hawaii, followed by Arizona, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Colorado, according to the survey.
Alaska comes in sixth, followed by four states in the Upper Midwest: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and South Dakota.
The state where older Americans are worst off is West Virginia.
The survey comprised more than 115,000 phone interviews conducted this year and last. Gallup did not provide a detailed analysis of the data, which was released yesterday.