Here are the U.S. states with highest Social Security payments

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Millions of retired Americans rely on Social Security benefits to financially support themselves once they’ve stopped working, but residents of some states see higher monthly benefits than others.

While state of residence does not directly impact monthly benefit amounts, a resident’s earning history does, meaning states with higher average incomes typically have higher average monthly payments and vice versa.

The average Social Security benefit across all 50 states was $1,825.14, as of December 2022, according to the most recent data from the Social Security Administration.

Connecticut had the highest average monthly benefit at $2,020.41, followed closely by New Jersey, where the average benefit was $2,020.14.

Delaware, New Hampshire and Washington round out the top-five with average monthly benefits of $1,988.21, $1,944.48 and $1,933.04, respectively.

Mississippi had the lowest average monthly benefit at $1,688.52, followed by Louisiana ($1,690.27), Arkansas ($1,718.97), New Mexico ($1,723.77) and Kentucky ($1,730.48).

Here’s a look at the average monthly Social Security benefit paid to retired workers in all 50 states as of December 2022, in alphabetical order.

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming