State-by-state breakdown of how much money is needed to retire comfortably

A comfortable retirement doesn’t come cheap.

While you may hear stories of people retiring on as little as $2,000 a month, the reality for most of us is likely to be much different. Indeed, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average over-65 household will spend nearly $50,000 a year. The biggest chunk of that is on housing at more than $16,000 a year, but health care is high on the list too (about $6,600), as is transportation ($7,500) and groceries ($3,815). (Of course, people who have paid off their mortgage can dramatically slash this amount, and there are other ways to save as well.)

What’s more, the annual spending for the over-65 set in some states is likely to be far higher, according to an analysis by personal finance site The analysis looked at consumption expenditures of Americans aged 65 and older for items like groceries, housing (includes utilities and housekeeping), transportation, health care and more; it then adjusted those figures to every state’s itemized cost of living index, and added an additional 20% savings buffer (so you can retire comfortably).

Hawaii topped the list of the most expensive states: To retire comfortably there, you will need to spend upwards of $117,000 a year, the analysis found. That means you’ll want to have socked away more than $2.3 million, assuming you’re retired for roughly two decades, the analysis revealed. Hawaii topped the list because nearly everything — from food to transportation to health care to utilities -- is expensive there; it typically ranks in the top 10 most expensive states for each of these things. Retiring in Washington, D.C. won’t come cheap either — especially considering its high housing and grocery costs -- with a price-tag of more than $100,000 a year.

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