Wow, this is dark. Apparently, Florida is the worst place in the country to die. And it’s not just because of the wildlife. But let’s get this out of the way right away: There aren’t any good places to die.
However, according to the good folks at Policy Genius, certain states are much worse places to die thanks to a variety of factors.
“But where you live can have major implications on your quality of life when you’re near death, as well as your family’s financial well-being after you pass away,” Elissa Suh said in her piece at PolicyGenius.com. “Being able to easily settle an estate, for example, can benefit everyone during a difficult time.”
The outlet looked at a number of things in ranking the “best” places to die, including:
- Funeral costs
- Funeral services (number of options, etc.)
- Green burial options
- Palliative care (including hospice) options
- Medicare providers
- Deaths at home
- and Probate shortcuts (how easy is it to settle your estate after you die)
All that taken into account, my friend Brandon in NC isn’t much better – North Carolina came in ranked 44 out of the 50 states (and D.C.), making it also one of the worst places to die. The biggest negatives for Tar Heels seems to be funeral home density, green burial options and Medicare options.
Let’s take a look at the best and worst places around the country to die: