The majority of Americans, 63%, do not believe they are saving enough for retirement, according to an Edward Jones survey released Friday. In addition, the April poll of 565 individuals found, this outlook varies by region.
In the Midwest, only 54% of those surveyed felt they were not saving enough. However, this number spiked to 68% in the West, 64% in the South and 63% in the Northeast, perhaps reflecting higher expenses in certain regions and real estate price discrepancies.
When asked why they did not feel they were saving enough, 32% said it was because they had too many current expenses, 10% referred to retirement as not being attainable, 10% believed it is too early, 5% said retirement was not desirable and 4% were too busy.
“While everyday expenses like education and housing are clearly necessary expenses for many Americans, this survey found that there is still almost one-third of respondents who point to fairly vague reasons for not saving enough, including those with concerns that saving for retirement is unattainable or that it’s too early to start,” said Scott Thoma, Investment Policy Committee Member at Edward Jones, in a statement.
In addition, the results varied significantly by age. Of those 18 to 34, 72% say they are not saving enough. This figure drops to 63% for those 35 to 44, 56% for ages 45 to 54, 49% for ages 55 to 64 and 47% for those 65 and older.