Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008...1:49 pm

#117: Don’t Live in West Virginia

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Oldest state: Florida, right? Not quite. While Florida may have the highest proportion of people over 65, according to census figures, the state with the oldest median age is West Virginia. Other states where the median age is at the top of the scale — over, yikes!, 38 — are Florida, Maine, and Pennsylvania, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Utah has the youngest median age — 27, the only state where it’s under 30 — followed by Alaska and Texas.

Still, statistics are not what it’s all about when it comes to not living someplace old. More important than reality is the perception of the place. Therefore, if you live in New Jersey or Connecticut, move to New York. If you live in New York, move to Brooklyn. Leave your school-age-or-older kids behind in the suburbs, not because Brooklyn is a bad place for them, but because they’ll definitely compromise your image, age-wise. One photogenic toddler is acceptable.

Living in San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, or Portland, Oregon will also make you seem if not actually feel younger.

Avoid Buffalo, Omaha, and most places in between.

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  • Portland, Oregon! BOO YAH! lol

  • Uh-oh. I live in West Virginia. Is it hopeless? I can’t tell if everybody is old here, because so many people don’t have all their front teeth.

    But if you ever want to see very well-tended, determined disco hair, West Virginia has plenty of it.

  • Pamela Redmond Satran
    August 13th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Hahahaha, Lily, very funny. Determined hair and missing teeth: I’m sure that’s a don’t.

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