State Level Data & Rankings

Access and Participation

AARP: Workforce Access to Employer-Based Plans, by State
AARP offers factsheets at the state and national level focusing on retirement savings, including using the Current Population Survey to look at workforce access to employer-based retirement plans.

The Pew Charitable Trusts: Employer-based Retirement Plan Access and Participation across the 50 States
This analysis is drawn from federal sources and shows employer-based retirement plan participation and access by state, region, and metropolitan area. Users can also generate state-level summaries based on gender, education, wage, industry, employer size, race and ethnicity, and age.

SCEPA, The New School: Retirement Plan Coverage and Participation Rates by State
This interactive map show state-by-state information on retirement plan coverage and participation rates.

Fiscal Savings Associated with Helping Private Workers Save for Retirement

AARP: Fiscal Savings to States of Helping People Save More for Their Own Retirement
These fact sheets by AARP show the fiscal savings to state governments that could result from lower-income retirees having saved through Work and Save programs during their working years.

Segal Consulting: Study of Medicaid Savings from State Retirement Savings Options for Private Sector Workers
This study from Segal Consulting suggests that states could reduce their Medicaid costs by implementing a state-sponsored retirement savings plan that is made available to their residents working in the private sector who do not participate in a retirement program through their employer. The study finds that when residents build their nest egg through participating in a retirement plan, it keeps them above the poverty line and states in turn see a significant reduction in Medicaid spending.

Older Population Income

AARP: 2014 Social Security Quick Fact Sheets
Data is provided on the older population and Social Security’s role in lifting retirees out of poverty, Social Security beneficiaries and benefits, and Social Security’s impact on the state economy. Information at the national level is available as well as for each of the 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.

SCEPA, The New School: Sources of Income for Americans Aged 65+
This interactive map shows state-by-state information on Social Security, assets, and earnings as a percent of total income for the age 65 and over population.

Financial Security and Assets for Households

NIRS: State Financial Security Scorecards
The State Financial Security Scorecards offer a state-by-state assessment of retirement security. The Scorecards are intended to highlight areas of potential policy interventions to improve workers’ retirement prospects. Each Scorecard measures states’ performance in predicted retirement income, major costs in retirement, and the labor markets facing older workers.

Prosperity Now: Assets & Opportunity Scorecard
The Scorecard evaluates states on dimensions such as financial security and economic opportunity on five policy areas: financial assets and income, businesses and jobs, housing and homeownership, health care, and education. States receive a credit for retirement security (listed under the policy area of financial assets and income) if they have approved legislation for implementation of a state-run Automatic IRA.

Financial Literacy and Education

Champlain College: National Report Card on Adult Financial Literacy
This report card and corresponding report measures the financial literacy knowledge, skills and behaviors of adults nationally and for each state. Each state’s overall level of adult financial literacy are measured using 59 state-specific data points from 18 different organizations. States are graded on five financial categories: Financial Knowledge, Credit, Saving and Spending, Retirement Readiness and Other Investing, and Protect and Insure and states are graded on a relative grading system.

Council for Economic Education: Survey of the States
Every two years, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) conducts a comprehensive look into the state of K-12 economic and financial education in the United States, collecting data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The biennial Survey of the States shows the trends of the states in incorporating personal finance and economic education into the K-12 curricula.

Government Data

U.S. Census: American Community Survey (ACS)
The ACS provides information about the American people and workforce. It provides data on demographic (age, race, etc.), economic (employment status, income, poverty, etc.), housing (rent statistics, value of home, etc.), and social (educational attainment, language, marital status, etc.) topics. The ACS’s data on the population 65 years and over in the United States provides insight on the senior population in the United States as a whole and can be broken down to the state and local level.

U.S. Census: Statistics of U.S. Businesses, by State (SUSB)
This annual data contains information on U.S. firms including figures on number of firms, employment, and annual payroll. The data are organized by states, industry, and firm size. Data are only available for economic census years (years ending in 2 and 7).

U.S. Small Business Administration: State Economic Profiles
The Office of Advocacy’s Small Business Profiles provide data on small businesses in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as national level data and limited data on the U.S. territories. Topics covered include: number of firms, demographics of business ownership, small business income, banking, business turnover, industry composition, and employment gains and losses by size of business.