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Here’s How Much Americans Have in Savings in Every State

Joel Anderson

It’s hard to argue with the value of a good savings account. After all, having Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. insurance means that your money is actually safer than it would be hidden under the proverbial mattress. And, with the advent of online banking, you can find plenty of high-yield savings accounts with an annual percentage yield of 2.00% or better. As dark clouds continue forming on the horizon for the U.S. economy, keeping a healthy emergency fund becomes even more important.

Despite all of this, a recent GOBankingRates survey of about 4,500 Americans indicated that roughly one-third of the population has no money in savings. Depending on where you live, your neighbors might be even more woefully unprepared for a recession: The proportion of Americans with no savings ranges from over 70% to under 20% in different states. While it’s important to note that the number of respondents from each state varied greatly — which is difficult to control — this survey data still provides some insight into regional differences in how much money people have socked away.

Alabama

  • People with $0 in savings: 44.26%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 37.7%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 18.03%

Alaska

  • People with $0 in savings: 44.44%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 22.22%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 33.33%

Arizona


  • People with $0 in savings: 49.32%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 28.77%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 21.92%

Arkansas


  • People with $0 in savings: 58.62%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 20.69%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 20.69%

California


  • People with $0 in savings: 37.82%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 27.27%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 34.91%

Colorado


  • People with $0 in savings: 47.95%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 15.07%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 36.99%

Connecticut


  • People with $0 in savings: 31.25%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 12.5%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 56.25%

Delaware


  • People with $0 in savings: 16.67%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 33.33%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 50%

Florida


  • People with $0 in savings: 43.18%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 24.55%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 32.27%

Georgia


  • People with $0 in savings: 49.52%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 26.67%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 23.81%

Hawaii


  • People with $0 in savings: 50%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 25%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 25%

Idaho


  • People with $0 in savings: 64.29%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 14.29%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 21.43%

Illinois


  • People with $0 in savings: 46.3%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 27.78%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 25.93%

Indiana


  • People with $0 in savings: 43.94%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 30.3%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 25.76%

Iowa


  • People with $0 in savings: 54.17%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 16.67%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 29.17%

Kansas


  • People with $0 in savings: 52.63%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 23.68%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 23.68%

Kentucky


  • People with $0 in savings: 64.71%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 9.8%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 25.49%

Louisiana


  • People with $0 in savings: 41.03%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 25.64%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 33.33%

Maine


  • People with $0 in savings: 46.15%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 15.38%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 38.46%

Maryland


  • People with $0 in savings: 28.89%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 24.44%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 46.67%

Massachusetts

  • People with $0 in savings: 38.75%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 22.5%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 38.75%

Michigan


  • People with $0 in savings: 28.28%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 29.29%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 42.42%

Minnesota


  • People with $0 in savings: 39.19%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 25.68%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 35.14%

Mississippi


  • People with $0 in savings: 29.41%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 52.94%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 17.65%

Missouri


  • People with $0 in savings: 46.97%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 25.76%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 27.27%

Montana


  • People with $0 in savings: 40%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 40%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 20%

Nebraska


  • People with $0 in savings: 33.33%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 12.5%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 54.17%

Nevada


  • People with $0 in savings: 30.43%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 43.48%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 26.09%

New Hampshire


  • People with $0 in savings: 38.89%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 33.33%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 27.78%

New Jersey


  • People with $0 in savings: 31.25%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 25%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 43.75%

New Mexico


  • People with $0 in savings: 66.67%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 27.78%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 5.56%

New York


  • People with $0 in savings: 37.95%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 27.11%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 34.94%

North Carolina


  • People with $0 in savings: 42.57%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 29.7%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 27.72%

North Dakota


  • People with $0 in savings: 33.33%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 33.33%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 33.33%

 

Ohio


  • People with $0 in savings: 42.52%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 33.07%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 24.41%

Oklahoma


  • People with $0 in savings: 41.03%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 38.46%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 20.51%

Oregon


  • People with $0 in savings: 45.45%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 25%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 29.55%

Pennsylvania


  • People with $0 in savings: 46.76%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 23.02%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 30.22%

Rhode Island


  • People with $0 in savings: 70%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 10%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 20%

South Carolina


  • People with $0 in savings: 39.22%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 29.41%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 31.37%

South Dakota


  • People with $0 in savings: 71.43%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 0%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 28.57%

Tennessee


  • People with $0 in savings: 59.38%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 15.63%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 25%

Texas


  • People with $0 in savings: 45.02%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 25.9%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 29.08%

Utah


  • People with $0 in savings: 32.26%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 25.81%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 41.94%

Vermont


  • People with $0 in savings: 16.67%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 33.33%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 50%

Virginia


  • People with $0 in savings: 40%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 24.29%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 35.71%

Washington


  • People with $0 in savings: 37.63%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 36.56%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 25.81%

West Virginia


  • People with $0 in savings: 52.38%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 14.29%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 33.33%

Wisconsin


  • People with $0 in savings: 39.66%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 31.03%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 29.31%

Wyoming


  • People with $0 in savings: 50%
  • People with $1-$1,000 in savings: 33%
  • People with $1,000 or more in savings: 16.67%

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Methodology: GOBankingRates surveyed 5,001 Americans from across the country between July 22 and August 7, 2019, asking six different questions: (1) Are you currently living paycheck to paycheck? (2) Why are you living paycheck to paycheck? Select all that apply; (3) What is your opinion of a universal basic income, a fixed income or stipend provided by the government to all citizens regardless of income or work status? (4) What is your annual income before adjusting for income taxes? (5) How much more money do you need to earn each month to stop living paycheck to paycheck? and (6) How much do you have in your savings and/or investment accounts (not including retirement accounts)? GOBankingRates used Survata’s survey platform to conduct the poll.

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: Here’s How Much Americans Have in Savings in Every State