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Study ranks Utah fifth safest state for seniors

February 28, 2019

PORTLAND, OR — The U.S. has a record number of people 65 and older, nearly 50 million. The golden years should be filled with safety and security but that is not the reality for many.

In fact, the New York Times reported that a record number of seniors over 65 have filed for bankruptcy as people live longer and recessions have caused retirement accounts to vanish. Additionally, too many seniors are living in poverty and are victims of fraud and violence.

The Senior List® wants the best for seniors, parents and grandparents. The team at www.theseniorlist.com recently released a study ranking the 51 Safest States for Seniors.

The study analyzed the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau in five categories: fraud, housing costs, 65+ population living in poverty, violent-injury deaths among 65+, and 65+ living alone as percentage of state’s population.

Here are the statistics on Utah for the five categories: (Note: lower number correlates to a lower risk)

1. Fraud: 7th (413 per 100,000 people)

2. Monthly Housing Cost: 30th ($948)

3. Percentage Living in Poverty: 2nd (6.4%)

4. Violent Injury Death Rate: 38th (21.1 per 100,000 people)

5. Living Alone: 1st (2.15%)

For more information and statistics from the study, visit www.theseniorlist.com/data/safest-states-seniors/. To learn more about The Senior List®, visit www.theseniorlist.com.