Here’s Exactly How Much the Average Person Spent in 2016 in Your State

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Pedestrians walk past the shops and restaurants on 18th Street NW, on Jan. 27, 2016 in the Adams Morgan area of Washington D.C. Residents of Adams Morgan enjoy a bevy of bars, restaurants, exercise studios and shopping, just steps from their row houses and condo buildings. AP Photo/Alex Brandon
Pedestrians walk past the shops and restaurants on 18th Street Northwest on Jan. 27, 2016, in the Adams Morgan area of Washington, D.C. Residents of Adams Morgan enjoy a bevy of bars, restaurants, exercise studios and shopping just steps from their row houses and condo buildings. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

America, we need to talk.

We’ve catapulted out of the Great Recession, and the unemployment rate just hit its lowest point in more than a decade. But we feel it’s our personal duty as savings experts at The Penny Hoarder to talk about your spending.

Average personal consumption expenditures, a measure of personal spending, jumped 4% across the U.S. last year, according to the latest state-level data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

That’s just a little too much for our nerves.

Sure, there are some thrifty states, like Mississippi, where residents kept their average spending to $30,200 last year — about $83 a day. But then you’ve got (surprise, surprise) Washington, D.C., where residents spent an average of $56,843 a year, or nearly $156 a day.

Let’s follow the money.

Personal Spending Was Highest in These 10 States in 2016

In terms of the U.S. as a whole, the average resident spent $39,664, with housing and health care making up the biggest purchases at roughly $7,200 and $6,700 respectively.

But, you ask, how much did your state spend?

Here’s a list of the states where money is burning the biggest holes in the pockets of residents.

Washington, D.C. — $56,843

Massachusetts — $51,981

Alaska — $49,547

New Jersey — $48,972

New Hampshire — $48,810

Connecticut — $48,497

North Dakota — $48,225

Vermont — $47,648

New York — $46,906

Hawaii — $45,123

Personal Spending Falls Within Penny Hoarder Range in These 10 States

So how do these big-spending states compare with the thriftier ones?

Here are the 10 states with the lowest personal consumption expenditures in 2016.

Mississippi — $30,200

Arkansas — $31,117

Alabama — $31,336

Oklahoma — $32,978

South Carolina — $33,266

Kentucky — $33,288

Idaho — $33,653

North Carolina — $33,779

Louisiana — $34,181

Tennessee — $34,418

Live in One of Those Big-Spending States? Here Are Some Ways to Curb Your Spending Habits

Sure, buying stuff feels good, but here at The Penny Hoarder we know that saving money feels way better. So if you want to help your state break from the list of big spenders next year, we have plenty of suggestions.

Just opening a new bank account and setting aside $5 can be an awesome start.

Consolidating your debt is another good option for reducing your annual expenditures.

And if those ideas don’t work, you can always trick yourself into saving more money.

So, for you D.C denizens out there, you’ve still got a few months to go in 2017 to cut back. We’ve got your back.

Alex Mahadevan is a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder.