State and local workers in Connecticut received the largest pensions in the United States, averaging US$28,344 last year—approximately $7,500 more than the national average, according to a study.

The Empire Center for New York State Policy study finds that 13 other states—Colorado, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Nevada, New York, Illinois, California, Ohio, Alaska, Georgia, Wisconsin, Oregon and Hawaii—offered higher pensions than the national average of $20,867 in 2006.

States with much lower pensions than the national average tend to be less expensive places to live.

Local and state workers in Iowa(ranked 49th)and West Virginia(ranked 50th)received pensions of just $11,951 and $11,034, respectively.

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