Hawaii Seniors Have Highest Rates of Poverty

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Researchers at The Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging at UMass Boston conducted the Elder Index Study, which accessed the cost of living and income levels of Americans age 65 and older in each state. The study showed that 7.6 percent of couples age 65 and older living in Hawaii are living in poverty, the highest rate in the U.S. The study indicated that in order to meet their basic needs, senior adults in Hawaii must earn an annual income of $32,048. However, this level of income is likely unattainable for many, as AARP Hawaii estimates that the average household income of older people in Hawaii is closer to $17,898 per year.

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