A new report from SmartAsset finds that Social Security benefits comprise 41.7% of a retiree’s total income of $50,780, on average. That percentage is even higher for retirees in some cities, where benefits can make up half of overall retirement income.
To find out where retirees rely most on Social Security, SmartAsset examined data for Social Security income as a percentage of overall retirement income in the 100 U.S. cities with the largest population of residents ages 65 and older.
U.S. households that earn upward of $200,000 a year can have a significant impact when they move between states, despite their relatively small numbers, according to a recent analysis by SmartAsset. In 2020, these tax filers comprised 6.8% of total tax returns filed across the 50 States and the District of Columbia.
High-earning households’ influence is so great because a state that loses more of them than it gains in a given year may experience a decline in tax revenues and its fiscal situation may worsen.
As part of its analysis, SmartAsset identified the states with the most movement of high-earning households. Researchers examined the inflow and outflow of tax filers making at least $200,000 in each state and the District of Columbia between 2019 and 2020.
Two years after the pandemic hobbled the U.S. economy, pushing up unemployment, Americans are returning to work, including many adults 65 and older, according to new research from MagnifyMoney.
In late April and early May this year, 21.9% of Americans 65 and older were working, up from 19.5% during the same period in 2020. At the same time, the share of U.S. adults who reported that they were retired rose to 17.4% in April and May 2022 from 14.9% two years earlier.
MagnifyMoney found that 25.6% of working older Americans are self-employed, more than triple the rate among working Americans 25 to 39.
The number of working older Americans varies dramatically across the country. In North Dakota, for example, the rate dropped by 11 percentage points over the two-year period, and in Wisconsin by 8.3 points. In contrast, several states saw double-digit increases in employed Americans 65 and older during that period.
The research showed that the rate at which older workers left employment increased dramatically during the pandemic.
This was especially the case with women — an 8-percentage-point increase vs. 7 points for men; Asian Americans — a 13-point increase; those with less than a college degree — a 10-point increase; and workers with occupations that did not lend themselves to remote work.
There was one exception: Workers 70 and older were 5.9 percentage points more likely to leave the workforce and retire. The study noted that these workers were likely already receiving Social Security benefits, so claiming did not markedly increase.
Among all workers 55 and older, the monthly claiming rate for Social Security benefits remained constant between April 2019 and June 2021, the researchers found.