Florida has highest rate of seniors

Published On: Jun 13 2013 02:19:51 AM HST

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Florida has the largest share of residents over age 65 of any state, and Sumter County has the highest rate of seniors of any county in the United States.

New 2012 U.S. Census estimates released Thursday show that 18.2 percent of Floridians are over age 65, the highest rate of any state in the nation.

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Just less than half of Sumter County's residents are over age 65, the highest share of any county in the nation. The county, located about 40 miles northwest of Orlando, is home to the retirement community The Villages, and also is one of the fastest-growing regions of the state.

The county with the next-highest percentage of seniors in the nation was Charlotte County in southwest Florida, where more than a third of the population is over age 65.

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