Senior woman looking at man blowing candles on birthday cake
Morsa Images / DigitalVision / Getty Images CC

Best Perks for Seniors in All 50 States

View Slideshow
Senior woman looking at man blowing candles on birthday cake
Morsa Images / DigitalVision / Getty Images CC

Golden Opportunities

There are financial benefits to getting older. Supermarkets, drugstores, restaurant chains, and retail outlets offer senior discounts. And it doesn't stop there. All 50 states give seniors unique opportunities to save money on taxes, transportation — which you should check in your specific city or town whether there's a state-level break or not — and recreational activities.


Related: Most and Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees

Mobile, AL
Sean Pavone/shutterstock
Alaska
Joy Prescott/shutterstock

Alaska

  • No state income tax
  • No state sales tax
  • No state income tax on Social Security
  • Municipal exemptions for the first $150,000 in property value (homeowners 65 and older)
  • Tuition waivers at University of Alaska locations when class space is available
  • No sales tax on electricity, water, sewer, or food in most towns
  • Free hunting, sport fishing, or trapping and no stamp required to hunt waterfowl or fish for king salmon (60 and older)
  • Fee waivers for car registration
  • Discounted passage on intra-Alaska ferry sailings
Elderly woman from East Asia admiring the Grand Canyon
toos/istockphoto

Arizona

  • No tax on Social Security income
  • 50% of tuition waived at Maricopa Community Colleges (65 and older)
  • There are free hunting and fishing licenses for people 70 or older who have been residents for the past 25 consecutive years
  • Reduced fares on public transit in Yuma County, Tucson, and Phoenix, among other areas; reduced fares on shuttles, taxis, or Dial-a-Ride in some areas

Little Rock, Arkansas
ChrisBoswell/istockphoto

Arkansas

  • No tax on Social Security benefits or the first $6,000 of retirement income
  • Tuition waivers at public colleges and universities (60 and older) when class space is available 
  • Transportation services as cheap as 65 cents a ride for people who cannot drive, including those in wheelchairs
  • Deeply discounted lifetime hunting and fishing licenses (65 and older)
  • Discounts at state parks (62 and older)


Related: The Best State Park in Every State

Golden Gate Bridge
tupungato/istockphoto

California

  • No state income tax on Social Security
  • Tuition waiver and lower campus fees at California State University facilities (60 and older)
  • Reduced fee for lifetime hunting and fishing licenses (for hunting, 62 and older; for fishing, 65-plus and low-income)
  • Senior discounts for almost all public transit systems (eligibility ages vary)
  • $1 discount on parking and $2 discount on camping at 280 state parks (62 and older); no charge for low-income seniors with a $5 Golden Bear Pass at state parks where vehicle fees are collected


Related: The Best of California on a Budget

Colorado
Paul Knowles/shutterstock

Colorado

  • No state taxes on Social Security and pension income up to $20,000 (ages 55-64) and $24,000 (65 and older)
  • Property tax exemption up to 50% of the first $200,000 of the value of a residence
  • Colorado State University charges no tuition for 55-plus students if class space is available; the University of Colorado Denver lets people 60-plus enroll in up to two classes a semester when class space is available. Both are no-credit.
  • Residents 65-plus are charged around $10 for fishing licenses and $30.50 for combination licenses that include hunting
  • $70 Aspen Leaf Pass for unlimited access to state parks for one year (64 and older)

Stamford, CT
DenisTangneyJr/istockphoto

Connecticut

  • No tax on Social Security income for single filers with federal adjusted gross income under $75,000 and joint filers with income up to $100,000
  • Property tax relief up to $1,000 for single seniors with income under $37,600, and up to $1,250 for joint filers with income under $45,800
  • Tuition waived for those 62-plus for classes at state colleges and universities, including degree programs
  • No fee for hunting and fishing licenses; access to special trails, lands, and waters (65 and older)
  • Reduced transit fares for anyone with a Medicare card


Delaware
DenisTangneyJr/istockphoto

Delaware

  • No tax on Social Security, and up to $12,500 of pension or retirement income (60 and older) is exempt
  • University of Delaware, Delaware State University, and Delaware Technical and Community College let residents 60-plus take classes for free, even for credit
  • No hunting or fishing licenses needed (65 and older)
District Of Columbia
Sean Pavone/shutterstock

District of Columbia

  • No tax on Social Security income
  • Undergraduate course auditing for $50 at Georgetown University (65 and older)
  • No fishing license is needed for residents 65-plus
  • Discounted SmarTrip card for Washington Metro train and buses (65 and older)

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
SeanPavonePhoto/istockphoto
Savannah/Tybee Island, Georgia
Steady Fly Productions/shutterstock

Georgia

  • No state tax on Social Security and up to $65,000 of retirement income per person (65 and older) and $35,000 (ages 62-64) per person
  • Residents 62-plus may take classes for free at state colleges when class space is available
  • Low or no fee for hunting or fishing licenses depending whether residents were born before or after June 30, 1952
  • Half-price state park passes (62 and older)
Senior couple dancing on beach.elderly travel leisure and activity after retirement in vacations and summer
Anusak Rojpeetipongsakorn/istockphoto

Hawaii

  • No tax on Social Security or income derived from employer contributions to pension and profit-sharing programs
  • Increased property-tax exemptions for senior homeowners and the lowest property tax rate (0.28%) of any state
  • Residents 60-plus can attend state-funded education courses free for no credit
  • Fishing permits are $1 for seniors
Idaho
Greg Browning/shutterstock

Idaho

  • No tax on Social Security income
  • Property tax circuit-breaker discount of up to $1,320 for low-income seniors (65 and older)
  • Transportation to medical appointments, senior centers, recreational locations, and adult day-care facilities through the Idaho Commission on Aging
  • Reduced-cost licenses and tags for hunting and fishing (65 and older)
Chicago
JaySi/istockphoto

Illinois

  • No state tax on Social Security and income from federally qualified retirement plans, as well as capital gains on employer securities
  • Free classes for credit at Illinois public institutions (65 and older)
  • Discounted hunting and fishing licenses
  • Reduced-price camping (62 and older)
  • Reduced license plate fees

Indianapolis, IN
f11photo/shutterstock

Indiana

  • No state tax on Social Security income
  • Purdue University and Indiana University let retirees 60-plus take up to nine credit each semester for half-price
  • $3 annual fishing permit or $17 lifetime fishing permit available (residents 64 and older)
  • 50% off annual pass to state parks (residents 65 and older)
  • Taxi discounts, wheelchair services, and rides to essential services in most counties


Des Moines, Iowa
pabradyphoto/istockphoto

Iowa

  • No state tax on Social Security income, and exemption of other retirement income of up to $6,000 for individuals, or $12,000 for joint filers (55 and older)
  • No fee for hunting or fishing licenses for low-income seniors (65 and older)

Topeka, Kansas
peeterv/istockphoto

Kansas

  • No tax on Social Security income with federal adjusted gross income under $75,000
  • No tuition or fees to audit courses at state institutions (residents 60-plus) when class space is available
  • Transportation help from numerous senior centers throughout the state for those who cannot get around on their own
  • Reduced vehicle fees at state parks
  • Discounted hunting and fishing licenses
Louisville, Kentucky
traveler1116/istockphoto

Kentucky

  • No state tax on Social Security benefits and a retirement income exemption up to $31,110 for most taxpayers
  • Tuition and fee waiver at any state institution (residents 60 and older)
  • Discounted hunting and fishing licenses (65 and older)
Louisiana
GTS Productions/shutterstock
Diverse Active Seniors
adamkaz/istockphoto

Maine

  • No state tax on Social Security income and up to $10,000 of retirement income
  • Free undergraduate classes for credit or audit through the University of Maine system (65 and older)
  • Generally half off public transportation throughout Maine (starting at 60 in some places)
  • $8 hunting and fishing license (70 and older)
  • Free admission to state parks (for residents 65 and older)

City Dock in Annapolis, Maryland
HaizhanZheng/istockphoto

Maryland

  • No state tax on Social Security income and most retirement income up to $29,900 (not from an IRA or Keogh plan)
  • Tuition waivers at colleges or universities in the state system for retirees 60-plus
  • Reduced fares on Maryland public transit (65 and older)
  • $5 consolidated fishing license that allows fishing in inland, tidal, and coastal waters (65 and older)
  • Free access to state parks with a $10 Golden Age pass (62 and older)
Massachusetts
Jorge Salcedo/shutterstock
Detroit, Michigan
Davel5957/istockphoto

Michigan

Duluth, Minnesota
taarnes/istockphoto

Minnesota

  • People 62-plus get a full exemption on Social Security income if they have annual earnings under $85,000 (single filers) or $100,000 (joint filers)
  • Tuition waived for courses at state colleges (residents 62 and older)
  • Discounted lifetime hunting and fishing licenses (51 and older)

Active Senior Couple Enjoy Picnic in Woods
fstop123/istockphoto

Mississippi

  • No tax on Social Security, pensions, annuities, and other retirement income
  • No state sales tax on prescription drugs and health-care services
  • Reduced fishing, boat launch, and camping fees at state parks (65 and older)
  • Senior lifetime hunting and freshwater fishing licenses are $5 for those 65-plus

Gateway Arch, Missouri
JByard/istockphoto

Missouri

  • Tuition exemption at state-supported institutions (residents 65 and older) for non-credit classes in which space is available
  • Missouri residents ages 65 or older may fish and hunt (except deer and turkey) but not trap without permit
  • $2 discount on camping fees (65 and older)
Montana
Jerry Voss/shutterstock
Nebraska
slobo/istockphoto

Nebraska

  • No tax on Social Security with adjusted joint income under $58,000, or $43,000 for individuals
  • $5 annual hunting-fishing licenses (residents 69 and older)

Senior woman in late 70s traveling by bus
Drazen_/istockphoto
New Hampshire
DenisTangneyJr/istockphoto

New Hampshire

  • Taxes on dividend and interest income only
  • Tuition waived for a maximum of two for-credit courses per academic year at the University of New Hampshire (65 and older)
  • Discounted hunting and fishing licenses (residents 68 and older)
  • Free state park admission (residents 65 and older)

Ocean City, New Jersey
Aneese/istockphoto

New Jersey

  • No state income tax on Social Security income; and hefty exemptions on other retirement income if total income is $100,000 or less (62 and older)
  • Half fare on public transit throughout the state (62 and older)
  • Reduced license fees for fishing and clamming (residents 65 to 69); no fees or stamps required (70 and older); reduced hunting license fees (residents 65 and older)
  • Free entrance and parking at any park forest, beach, or historic site, and a $2 discount on camping (residents 62 and older)
New Mexico
Dean Fikar/shutterstock

New Mexico

  • Tax exemption for up to $8,000 if income is less than $51,000 if filing jointly and $28,500 if filing individually (residents 65 and older); exemption of 100% of income (residents 100 and older)
  • Reduced-fee fishing licenses (65-69); free fishing licenses (residents 70 and older); some reduced-fee hunting licenses (65 and older)
  • $100 annual camping pass (62 and older)
  • Reduced fares and specials on Rio Metro buses and trains; free New Mexico Rail Runner Express commuter express train rides on Wednesdays (62 and older)
New York
william87/istockphoto

New York

  • No state income tax on Social Security income; exemption for pension or annuity income up to $20,000 (after age 59.5)
  • Tuition-free classes at City University of New York schools and many State University of New York schools, while a new state program now offers for-credit, tuition-free classes to students based on income
  • Free weekday vehicle parking at state parks, boat launches, and arboretums, as well as reduced fees at golf courses, through New York's Golden Park program (residents 62 and older)
  • $5 hunting and fishing licenses (70 and older)


Related: 30 Signs You're a New Yorker

The group of senior friends walking on the beach
Alex Potemkin/istockphoto

North Carolina

  • No state income tax on Social Security
  • Tuition and registration fees are waived for residents 65 years-plus at community colleges. Audit options may be available at other schools.
  • Steeply discounted lifetime hunting and fishing licenses
  • Reduced entrance fees at state parks (62 and older)
North Dakota
Paul Schmidt/istockphoto
Cincinnati
Jason M. Hazard/istockphoto

Ohio

  • No state income tax on Social Security benefits; annual tax credit for those receiving retirement income with adjusted gross income under $100,000
  • Tuition-free classes (which do not earn credit) at state schools (residents 60 and older)
  • Reduced fares on buses throughout the state with a Medicare card
  • Reduced-cost hunting and fishing licenses (66 and older); free licenses for anyone born before 1938
  • Golden Buckeye discount for camping and lodges (60 and older)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Davel5957/istockphoto

Oklahoma

  • No state income tax on Social Security and up to $10,000 of retirement benefits from private pensions
  • Free auditing of classes at Oklahoma state colleges and universities (residents 65 and older),
  • $25 lifetime combined hunting and fishing license (65 and older)
Oregon
Jamie Hooper/shutterstock

Oregon

  • No state income tax on Social Security; exemption for some retirement income, depending on total income
  • No tuition for auditing classes at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon (65 and older)
  • Reduced-cost hunting and fishing licenses (residents 70 and older)


Pennsylvania
DenisTangneyJr/istockphoto
Older mature couple kayaking together during summer
FatCamera/istockphoto

Rhode Island

  • No state income tax for Social Security with adjusted gross income under $102,400 for married couples or $81,900 for individuals
  • Residents 60-plus can get means-tested tuition waivers at the Community College of Rhode Island to attend classes if space is available
  • Free hunting and freshwater fishing licenses (residents 65 and older)
  • Reduced fares on Rhode Island Public Transportation for low-income seniors (65 and older)

Charleston, SC
Sean Pavone/shutterstock

South Carolina

  • No tax on Social Security income; $15,000 deduction on other retirement income (65 and older)
  • Tuition-free classes at South Carolina state schools, audited or for credit (60 and older)
  • No jury duty
  • Reduced fares on bus routes throughout the state
  • $9 lifetime hunting and fishing license (residents 64 and older); free for seniors born before July 1, 1940.

South Dakota
Wollertz/shutterstock
111717_best_cheap_time_to_fly_to_us_cities_slide_43_fs
Sean Pavone/shutterstock

Tennessee

  • No state income tax on Social Security; only dividends and interest income are subject to state taxes; no state tax on income under $37,000, or $68,000 for joint filers (residents 65 and older)
  • Tuition waived for for-credit courses at state colleges, universities, and community colleges (65 and older)
  • Greatly reduced rates for annual and lifetime hunting and fishing licenses (residents 65 and older)
  • 25% discount on standard camping fees in-season and 50% off-season, 10% off stays at state park lodges, and a 10% discount on restaurant meals (62 and older)
Texas
ferrantraite/istockphoto

Texas

  • No state income tax
  • Lone Star College offers students 65-plus tuition waivers for up to six credit hours each semester if they maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Discounted public transit throughout the state (age of eligibility may vary)
  • $7 hunting licenses (65 and older); $32 hunting/fishing/saltwater fishing/archery combo licenses
  • Discounted state park fees (residents 65 and older)
Utah
Jay Krishnan/shutterstock

Utah

  • Partial tax credit for Social Security income; $450 retirement credit (retirees 65 and older)
  • Residents 62-plus may enroll tuition-free at state institutions, though a quarterly registration fee is not exempted
  • Half off most public transportation (65 and older)
  • Discounted hunting and fishing licenses (residents 65 and older)
  • Reduced fees for state parks (62 and older)
Senior Black Woman Riding Bike in nature
adamkaz/istockphoto

Vermont

  • Social Security exemptions for people with annual income below $34,000 (single filer) or $44,000 (married people filing jointly)
  • Residents 65-plus may audit one Vermont State College system class each semester for free if there is space and take additional classes half-off
  • A permanent hunting and fishing license carries a one-time fee of $60 for residents 66 and older. 
  • $2 Green Mountain Passport for free entrance to state parks for life (62 and older)
  • Reduced fares on some Green Mountain Transit commuter routes (60 and older)

Roanoke, Virginia
Sean Pavone/istockphoto

Virginia

  • No state income tax on Social Security; up to a $12,000 deduction can be taken on other retirement income (depending on age and income)
  • Residents 60-plus with $23,850 or less in annual income can audit up to three courses each term at any public institution if there is space
  • Reduced fare on public transit throughout Virginia with a Medicare card (65 and older)
  • $25 lifetime hunting and fishing licenses (65 and older); no saltwater fishing license required
  • Discounted prices on Naturally Yours Passports covering admission and parking at state parks, boat launches, and equestrian facilities

Cheers to another adventure
Dean Mitchell/istockphoto

Washington

  • No state income tax
  • Property tax exemption, which varies by income (61 and older)
  • Tuition waived at colleges and universities in Washington (60 and older) if there is class space available; some institutions set limits on the number of courses
  • Discounts on goods and services throughout Seattle with Gold Card for Healthy Aging (60 and older). Deals include free dog and cat licenses, free or discounted admission to attractions, and 10% off auto repair and towing.
  • Half fare on ferries (65 and older); reduced fare on buses throughout the state for anyone with a Medicare card
  • Reduced fishing and hunting license fees (70 and older)
  • $75 annual passes for off-season camping and moorage at state parks (residents 62 and older); free with income less than $40,000

West Virginia
Mary Terriberry/shutterstock

West Virginia

Madison, WI
Reel Wave Media/shutterstock
Wyoming
B Brown/shutterstock

Wyoming

  • No state income tax
  • Tuition waived at the University of Wyoming (65 and older) if there is class space
  • Free Pioneer Fishing, Bird and Conservation Stamp License with residence in Wyoming for at least 30 years (65 and older)
  • Public transport services from many senior centers, usually by donation; half off fixed-route bus services for Medicare cardholders