Analysis shows how much you need to retire in Georgia

MoneyWise released its picks for the 10 places in the world that you can retire for less than $100,000.

The ranking includes the state’s happiness index

At one point or another, retirement will be on the minds of adults who are either looking to retire soon or getting serious about planning their post-working days.

A recent analysis by U.K.-based retirement property group Audley Villages shows just how much you need to retire in the happiest cities in the United States.

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Georgia made the top 25 of Audley Villages' list of U.S. cities and here’s how researchers found how much you’ll need to save and earn to retire in the Peach State.

To tally the cost of retirement happiness, the website took the happiest cities and countries as well as the happiest U.S. states from the World Happiness Report. Then, researchers investigated the average salary, monthly living costs and average life expectancy of each city to determine the median retirement savings needed.

Audley Villages listed the best cities based on the aforementioned factors in a scored ranking of each data column to calculate the best and worst cities for retirement. Doing so determined the best overall cities when examining both happiness and cost-related metrics.

More than 56 countries were analyzed in addition to all 50 U.S. states.

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Georgia came in at No. 19, where the average life expectancy is 78 years old. Typically, Georgians save an average of $187,186 for retirement and earn a median salary of $61,588 annually. The monthly living costs average $1,219 and the state scored nearly down the middle on the World Happiness Report, having a happiness index of 5.5.

As for how the Peach State compares to others in the country, living in Hawaii, where America’s happiest residents reside, will allow you to retire with the most savings at $304,591 before turning 65.

Still, there’s a higher monthly cost of living at $1,467, so it’s imperative that residents are astute when it comes to retirement fund management to save responsibly.

For a complete list of what you need to save and earn in the top 25 happiest states, visit Audley Villages' website.

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