Special Report

States With the Best Retirement Funding

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30. North Carolina
> Total 2015 retirement spending: $94.2 per capita ($956 million)
> State government employment: 210,100 (4.7% of total employment)
> Percent of pension currently funded: 88.3% (6th highest)
> 2015 tax collections per capita: $2,498 (19th lowest)

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29. Oregon
> Total 2015 retirement spending: $96.6 per capita ($396 million)
> State government employment: 39,400 (2.1% of total employment)
> Percent of pension currently funded: 80.5% (12th highest)
> 2015 tax collections per capita: $2,625 (22nd lowest)

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28. Oklahoma
> Total 2015 retirement spending: $102.0 per capita ($400 million)
> State government employment: 83,900 (5.0% of total employment)
> Percent of pension currently funded: 71.9% (24th highest)
> 2015 tax collections per capita: $2,405 (16th lowest)

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27. Utah
> Total 2015 retirement spending: $103.9 per capita ($317 million)
> State government employment: 81,600 (5.4% of total employment)
> Percent of pension currently funded: 86.0% (8th highest)
> 2015 tax collections per capita: $2,237 (13th lowest)

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26. Delaware
> Total 2015 retirement spending: $107.7 per capita ($102 million)
> State government employment: 33,100 (7.2% of total employment)
> Percent of pension currently funded: 81.1% (11th highest)
> 2015 tax collections per capita: $3,715 (10th highest)