Got $1 million to retire? Here’s how long it will last, by U.S. state

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Got $1 million to retire? Here’s how long it will last, by U.S. state

Published: Nov 25, 2017 10:20 a.m. ET


Here’s how long $1 million will last you in retirement in every state

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If this was your vision for retirement, then let’s hope you weren’t planning on your retirement lasting too long.




If your vision for retirement was basking in a tropical paradise, let’s hope your vision of tropical paradise resembles something more like Mississippi and less like Hawaii.

Either that, or let’s hope you were planning on a short retirement.

Data analysis site HowMuch analyzed how far $1 million goes in retirement in every U.S. state. And it turns out, you can stretch $1 million about twice as far in Mississippi as you can in Hawaii. HowMuch crunched the numbers based on the Cost of Living Index for Q2 of 2017 as well as average annual expenditure

of persons with 65 years and above.$1 million would allow the average retired person in Mississippi to live for 25 years and 6 months. $1 million only gets you 13 years and 1 month of retirement in Hawaii.

These are the top 5 states for stretching your $1 million as long as possible in retirement:


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State How long $1 million lasts in retirement
Mississippi 25 years, 6 months
Arkansas 25 years
Tennessee 24 years, 5 months
Kansas 24 years, 5 months
Oklahoma 24 years, 4 months

And these are the 5 worst states:

State How long $1 million lasts in retirement
Hawaii 13 years, 1 month
District of Columbia 14 years, 2 months
California 15 years
Oregon 16 years, 7 months
New York 16 years, 7 months

Feeling blue about having a short retirement after seeing these numbers? It gets worse. Here’s proof that you shouldn’t count on Social Security either. But there is good news. Seniors who are currently collecting Social Security checks are getting a boost in their payments, and it’s the biggest increase in six years.

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