New Study: Your Savings Account Rate Depends on Where You Live

The Fed’s recent announcement that it will roll back quantitative easing, combined with a new year and renewed focus on self-improvement, means saving money has become a top focus for many Americans in 2014. After years of rock-bottom rates, we’re all hoping to see savings account rates rise again — and while we might not get our wish any time soon, some depositors will find that they can eke out slightly higher earnings on savings if they live in the right place.

Average Savings Account Rates in Each U.S. State

GOBankingRates recently analyzed savings account rates offered by banks and credit unions in 2014 and found the average rate in each state (and the District of Columbia), ranking them from highest to lowest. Although the current interest rate environment means variations between states are very small (the difference between the highest and lowest ranking state is just 0.169% APY), averages are indicative of the local savings climate and can help depositors determine whether banks are actively encouraging deposits in their area.

Below is a map of the rankings — find out where your home state stands.

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Average Savings Account Interest Rates

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Average Savings Account Rates – Top 100 U.S. Cities by Population

GOBankingRates also performed the same analysis for the top 100 U.S. cities by population, ranking the average savings account rate in each from highest to lowest. See how the top 100 cities fared in relation to their states above.

Savings Account Rates

About These Rankings

Data referenced in this study was compiled from the GOBankingRates interest rate database, which in partnership with Informa Research Services Inc., aggregates bank account and interest rate information belonging to more than 4,000 U.S. financial institutions. This information has been obtained from various financial institutions, and Informa Research Services cannot guarantee its accuracy.

Averages above are calculated according to base rates offered on interest-bearing savings accounts from banks and credit unions located in the United States as of Jan. 20, 2014. Accounts offered through brokerage firms were omitted. Annual percentage yields were rounded to the nearest thousandth percentile, and actual returns may be slightly lower or higher than shown.

Additional interest rate promotions and/or account terms and conditions may apply. It is advised consumers verify all saving account options and rates with individual institutions prior to opening an account.

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Casey Bond

Casey Bond is a seasoned personal finance writer and contributes to a number of major national publications in addition to GOBankingRates, including US News & World Report, Huffington Post and Business Insider. She has also been featured on Yahoo! Finance, The Street, MSN, The Motley Fool, LearnVest, Money Talks News, Can Do Finance, Seeking Alpha, Investopedia,, Redbook, Style Magazine, as well as ABC News radio and a number of local news radio outlets.

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