AARP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advocates for the elderly, has ranked Minnesota first in its list of the best states to live or retire in.
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AARP’s annual long-term services and supports (LTSS) scorecard aims to measure the performance of LTSS in five categories: affordability and access, choice of setting and provider, quality of life and quality of care, support for family caregivers, and effective transitions.
Minnesota was the only state to have scored in the top quartile for all five categories. It also ranked first in two categories: quality of life and care and choice of setting and provider.
Minnesota’s suitability as a retirement location has not gone unnoticed. The state is predicted to experience a sizable shift in demographics from 2020 to 2030. According to the Minnesota Metropolitan Council, in that 10-year period, for every one person of “working age” added to the Twin Cities’ population, there will be 21 people added to the retired group.
Although retirees have traditionally flocked to warmer states like Florida, Minnesota’s friendly citizens, beautiful scenery, and year-round outdoor and cultural activities, as well as the availability of senior services, have made Minnesota a popular retirement destination in recent years. It is also a favorite among investors and private developers eager to address the need for housing before the demand truly sets in.
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