How Long $1 Million in Savings Will Last in Every State
You may be surprised how fast $1 million goes in some states.
By Alexandria Bova, GoBankingRates, May 9, 2022
Pinpointing the exact amount that you need to save to retire comfortably is a difficult task — and reaching that goal is equally hard. According to the 2021 Planning and Progress Study by Northwestern Mutual, people surveyed believed they will need slightly more than $1 million — $1,047,200 — to retire comfortably, even as the average amount Americans have saved is a tick under $100,000.
Now, a $1 million nest egg certainly sounds like it would be enough to support you for the rest of your lifetime. But how long would that really last? It depends on where you live.
To determine how long $1 million in savings will last across the country for someone 65 or older, GOBankingRates analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2020 Consumer Expenditure Survey and factored in the state’s overall cost of living index score for 2021 from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center. Annual costs were further broken down by multiplying more specific annual expenditure figures from the CES by MERIC’s cost of living for groceries, utilities, transportation and heath care. All 50 states then were ranked with No. 1 being the state where $1 million will last the longest and No. 50 being the state where it will run out most quickly.
Unfortunately, $1 million doesn’t last quite as long as you might think it would. If you live in one of the more expensive states, such as Hawaii or New York, you shouldn’t quit your day job early, and $1 million won’t even cover your living expenses for 20 years in the Northeastern states. There is a bit more cushion in many Southern states, though, if you live there or plan on making a move. …
Annual groceries cost: $6,427.92
Annual housing cost: $31,232.25
Annual utilities cost: $6,211.69
Annual transportation cost: $4,802.50
Annual healthcare cost: $7,688.20
Total annual expenditures: $91,970.21
How long $1 million will last in savings: 10 years, 10 months, 11 days
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