What does retirement look like to you? Have you ever thought about how you want to spend your days after you stop working for good?
In October of 2018, Provision Living surveyed 2,000 Americans and asked them to envision their ideal retirement lifestyle. Surveyed respondents were surveyed on everything from ideal retirement age, to retirement savings, to where they pictured themselves living when they’ve retired.
Let’s take a deeper look at what they found to see how Americans envision spending their golden years in retirement.
The survey found that 52% of Americans think about retirement 4 or more times per week. The dream age for retirement varied between the different generations that were surveyed although the average dream age to retire was 60 years old. Boomers said 64 years where Millennials were more optimistic saying they hoped to retire by age 56.
Surveyed respondents were also asked about their ideal local to retire. They found that over 78% of respondents were happy to retire in the United States. Only 21% wanted to retire aboard and the top country that people wanted to retire abroad was Italy.
Listed below are the top American cities that people want to live in when they retire:
- San Diego
- New York
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- Las Vegas
The survey also took a deep dive into finances to see just how much money Americans had saved for retirement. As you can imagine the outlook was not good. 43% of millennials currently have less than $5,000 saved for retirement. 37% of millennials think they won’t need social security when they retire and 39% of people believe they won’t be financially security enough to live without social security. They survey also showed that Americans believe they will need at least $610,000 to retire, however most expect to only have $276,000 saved by the time they retire.
The survey then looked at how people want to spend their free time when they retire. 53% of respondents said they plan to have more sex when they retire than they do now! 53% said they plan to work part-time when they’ve retired and over 68% said the plan to volunteer more when they retire. Over 50% of respondents said they would prefer to spend over half of their day either relaxing or traveling.
The full breakdown of the American dream retirement from Provision Living can be seen in the graphic below.