The states where people get the most money from Social Security, ranked

Flickr/jennie-oSocial Security retirement benefits are essential for many retirees in the US.
  • Social Security retirement benefits average about $US1,400 a month for American retirees.
  • Florida has a lot of retired people – over 3 million – but the average Social Security check in the sunshine state is lower than the national average.
  • Delaware, Connecticut, and New Jersey are the only states where the average Social Security retirement benefit is above $US1,500.

Millions of Americans rely on Social Security retirement benefits.

Data released by the Social Security Administration in April revealed that over 42 million American retirees receive Social Security checks totaling $US59.6 billion every month. That averages out to a monthly payment of about $US1,400 per person.

But not everyone takes home the same amount in Social Security benefits. In 24 states, the average retiree receives a monthly Social Security check worth less than $US1,400. Three states have an average Social Security retirement benefit above $US1,500, but none surpass $US1,600.

The differences between some states are stark. For instance, Montana has about 15,000 more retirees than Delaware, but Delaware’s total Social Security retirement benefits exceed Montana’s by about $US7 million. The average retiree gets roughly $US125 more each month in Delaware than in Montana. Delaware has the third highest average Social Security retirement benefit amount, while Montana is in the bottom five states.

Below, see the average Social Security retirement benefit in every state and Washington DC, ranked from the lowest to the highest.


51. Louisiana

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,311.72

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US687,058,000

Number of retirees:523,785


50. Maine

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,314.22

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US298,898,000

Number of retirees:227,434


49. Mississippi

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,319.06

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US534,016,000

Number of retirees:404,846


48. New Mexico

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,323.16

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US379,272,000

Number of retirees:286,641


47. Montana

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,331.30

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US220,407,000

Number of retirees:165,558


46. Arkansas

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,333.93

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US572,567,000

Number of retirees:429,232


45. South Dakota

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,336.28

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US171,864,000

Number of retirees:128,614


44. Kentucky

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,340.30

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US781,117,000

Number of retirees:582,792


43. Washington, DC

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,342.98

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US75,195,000

Number of retirees:55,991


42. Alaska

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,343.39

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US91,993,000

Number of retirees:68,478


41. North Dakota

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,344.48

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US125,553,000

Number of retirees:93,384


40. Oklahoma

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,368.52

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US697,731,000

Number of retirees:509,843


39. Idaho

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,370.97

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US324,297,000

Number of retirees:236,546


38. Texas

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,375.08

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US3,744,490,000

Number of retirees:2,723,111


37. California

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,377.54

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US5,756,641,000

Number of retirees:4,178,940


36. Nevada

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,378.14

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US524,556,000

Number of retirees:380,627


35. Alabama

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,379.92

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US298,898,000

Number of retirees:227,434


34. Georgia

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,382.27

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US1,657,080,000

Number of retirees:1,198,814


33. Missouri

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,384.10

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US1,180,196,000

Number of retirees:852,684


32. West Virginia

Shutterstock/Jon BilousHarper’s Ferry, West Virginia.

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,384.50

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US387,400,000

Number of retirees:279,813


31. Ohio

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,385.60

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US2,141,095,000

Number of retirees:1,545,251


30. Hawaii

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,391.79

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US286,915,000

Number of retirees:206,148


29. Tennessee

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,393.61

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US1,304,601,000

Number of retirees:936,131


28. Florida

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,395.31

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US4,584,847,000

Number of retirees:3,285,889


27. North Carolina

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,404.91

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US2,006,817,000

Number of retirees:1,428,433


26. Oregon

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,406.20

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US870,663,000

Number of retirees:619,159


25. Nebraska

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,406.96

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US342,240,000

Number of retirees:243,248


24. Colorado

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,407.59

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US864,527,000

Number of retirees:614,191


23. Iowa

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,408.79

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US646,782,000

Number of retirees:459,104


22. South Carolina

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,416.91

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US1,084,791,000

Number of retirees:765,602


21. Vermont

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,419.44

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US145,855,000

Number of retirees:102,755


20. Wyoming

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,426.58

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US112,941,000

Number of retirees:79,169


19. Rhode Island

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,430.63

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US218,741,000

Number of retirees:152,898


18. Arizona

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,432.72

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US1,364,812,000

Number of retirees:952,601


17. Illinois

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,434.34

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US2,230,232,000

Number of retirees:1,554,889


16. Utah

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,437.30

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US393,114,000

Number of retirees:273,509


15. Wisconsin

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,443.26

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US1,255,634,000

Number of retirees:869,996


14. Virginia

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,444.06

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US1,507,902,000

Number of retirees:1,044,208


13. Massachusetts

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,444.36

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US1,237,920,000

Number of retirees:857,073


12. Kansas

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,450.99

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US552,283,000

Number of retirees:380,624


11. Pennsylvania

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,454.99

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US2,797,604,000

Number of retirees:1,922,759


10. Minnesota

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,457.22

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US1,076,049,000

Number of retirees:738,425


9. New York

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,458.19

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US3,634,258,000

Number of retirees:2,492,314


8. Indiana

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,464.61

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US1,315,383,000

Number of retirees:898,109


7. Washington

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Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,472.50

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US1,378,527,000

Number of retirees:936,179


6. Maryland

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,482.87

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US1,038,224,000

Number of retirees:700,145


5. Michigan

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,493.77

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US2,183,277,000

Number of retirees:1,461,584


4. New Hampshire

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,498.01

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US310,068,000

Number of retirees:206,986


3. Delaware

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,517.11

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US227,384,000

Number of retirees:149,880


2. Connecticut

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,546.67

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US760,385,000

Number of retirees:491,627


1. New Jersey

Average Social Security retirement benefit:$US1,553.63

Total Social Security retirement benefits:$US1,801,850,000

Number of retirees:1,159,770

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