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What is your Risk Number?

February 26th, 2019

Find out in 5 minutes! Capture your risk tolerance and see if your portfolio fits you in just a few easy steps.

After selecting your financial goals on My-Risk-O-Meter, for example retirement, college savings, income, wealth accumulation or paying down debt, we want to get to know your financial status. Is there anything interesting in terms of employment, inheritance, major expenses, etc.? Are you currently saving for retirement? How much financial risk can you take in the next six months?

Your risk number will then be generated by My-Risk-O-Meter and you can move forward from there to find out more with one of our financial advisors.

Risk Numbers by State

7 DEC 2018


Jason Zweig featured this data in his article, When Your Neighbors Move In to Your Investment Portfolio, for The Wall Street Journal.

Since 2013, advisors have been using the Risk Number® to quantify risk and empower fearless investing for their clients. When we decided to look deeper into Risk Number data, we had some questions about what we’d find: what kind of patterns would emerge city by city, or state by state? Would there be other differences we couldn’t quantify? What if we’ve done all this scientific research and risk really is just the same old semantics? [spoiler: it’s not]

The average Risk Number by state ranges from as low as 52.86 to as high as 62.25, and we applied a multiplier to assign an extrapolated Risk Number to every state for illustrative purposes. The results were fascinating, and we’re excited to finally share it with you.

We collected this data over seven years and are still discovering just how many outside factors contribute to an investor’s Risk Number. Risk tolerance is such a multivariable dynamic that placing investors into subjective buckets based on their age simply doesn’t cut it.

We believe investors are individuals, and our research has confirmed that belief time and time again.
So, how risky is your state?


32nd Riskiest
Ranked 46th Overall by US News
Has no official nickname


39th Riskiest
Ranked 12th in Infrastructure and 39th in Quality of Life
The copper dome of Arizona’s capitol building is made with the equivalent of 4,800,000 pennies


19th Riskiest
Ranked 4th in Economy and 50th in Quality of Life
Riskalyze was founded in Auburn, California


12th Riskiest
Ranked 1st in Economy and 5th in Health Care Quality
Marijuana is a $1.56 billion-dollar industry in Colorado as of 2018


42nd Riskiest
Ranked 4th in Health Care and 41st in Infrastructure
Connecticut imposed the first speed limit for a motor vehicle in 1901, a blistering 12 mph


22nd Riskiest
Ranked 7th in Opportunity and 10th in Economy
Delaware is only 100 miles long and 35 miles wide


47th Riskiest
Ranked 15th Overall by US News
Rumor has it: Floridians are never more than 60 miles away from salt water


9th Riskiest
Ranked 10th in Growth and 45th in Health Care Access
Bank of America Plaza Atlanta is the tallest building in the southeast and home to Riskalyze’s East Coast headquarters


38th Riskiest
Ranked 1st in Health Care and 23rd in Economy
From 1847 to 1898, Hawaii had it own currency known as the dala


34th Riskiest
Ranked 12th Overall by US News
Idaho’s most famous crop (potatoes) aren’t native to the area—they’re from New Hampshire


31st Riskiest
Ranked 50th in Fiscal Stability and 13th in Energy
Generates more nuclear power than any other state


18th Riskiest
Ranked 11th in Opportunity and 48th in Quality of Life
The town of Santa Claus, Indiana receives over 400,000 letters from children during the holidays


16th Riskiest
Ranked the #1 State Overall by US News
The best thing since sliced bread, which was actually invented in Iowa in 1912


33rd Riskiest
Ranked 42nd in Economy
Is there anything more perfect than a state at the country’s geographic center having a 50 Risk Number?


29th Riskiest
Ranked 9th in Crime & Corrections and 45th in Economy
Bourbon barrels outnumber people in Kentucky


30th Riskiest
Ranked 50th in Opportunity and 49th in Education
Louisiana has over 2 million wild alligators


24th Riskiest
Ranked 1st in Crime & Corrections and 37th in Economy
No one knows how Maine got its name


6th Riskiest
Ranked 2nd in Opportunity and 11th in Education
The official state sport of Maryland is Jousting


25th Riskiest
Ranked 1st in Education and 8th Overall by US News
Site of the Fearless Investing Summit in 2019


17th Riskiest
Ranked 4th in Affordability and 36th in Education
Detroit has its own currency known as the “Cheers”


40th Riskiest
Ranked 2nd Overall by US News
Home to the biggest mall in the country, the Mall of America


44th Riskiest
Ranked 49th Overall by US News
The Old Spanish Fort Museum in Pascagoula, MS has the world’s largest shrimp on display


8th Riskiest
Ranked 10th in Internet Access and 15th in Quality of Life
“Show Me” your neighbors—Missouri is bordered by eight different states


45th Riskiest
Ranked 26th in Economy and 7th in Energy
Montana’s Glacier National Park is the only place in the US where water flows to the Pacific, Atlantic, and Hudson Bay


36th Riskiest
Ranked 5th in Infrastructure and 44th in Education
Even though California is called the Golden State, most gold in the U.S. actual comes from Nevada

New Hampshire

35th Riskiest
Ranked 5th Overall by US News
Live Free or Die: New Hampshire was the first colony to declare independence from England

New Jersey

46th Riskiest
Ranked 2nd in Education and 49th in Fiscal Stability
The famous duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton took place in Weehawken, New Jersey

New Mexico

48th Riskiest
Ranked 8th in Quality of Life and 50th in Education
The first atom bomb was tested in Alamogordo, New Mexico in 1945

North Carolina

27th Riskiest
Ranked 6th in Fiscal Stability
North Carolina experiences a hurricane every 3.5 years

North Dakota

4th Riskiest
Ranked 1st in Quality of Life and 2nd in Fiscal Stability
Being the #1 producer of honey makes life pretty sweet


20th Riskiest
Ranked 21st in Public Safety and 32nd in Economy
25 NASA astronauts have hailed from Ohio


15th Riskiest
Ranked 9th in Social Environment and 48th in Health Care
‘Tis the season—Oklahoma’s state flower is mistletoe


11th Riskiest
Ranked 3rd in Infrastructure and 45th in Affordability
Marijuana sales in Oregon were over $777 Million in 2018


43rd Riskiest
Ranked 16th in Opportunity and 44th in Quality of Life
The Foxburg Country Club in Foxburg, PA is the oldest golf course in the US

Rhode Island

23rd Riskiest
Ranked 8th in Public Safety and 8th in Health Care
Rhode Island is only 48 miles long and 37 miles wide

South Carolina

21st Riskiest
Ranked 15th in Economy and 48th in Education
On April 12, 1861, the Civil War began at Fort Sumter in South Carolina

South Dakota

28th Riskiest
Ranked 5th in Quality of Life
Home to Mount Rushmore


7th Riskiest
Ranked 5th in Fiscal Stability and 46th in Public Safety
Major industries include mining, farming, music, and uranium products


13th Riskiest
Ranked 8th in Economy and 26th in Energy
The Texas oil boom of the early 20th century is known as the Gusher Age


26th Riskiest
Ranked 1st in Fiscal Stability, 2nd in Economy, and 3rd in Education
Utah was ranked the most charitable state


10th Riskiest
Ranked 7th in Pubic Safety and 41st in Growth
Virginia is the birthplace of the most US Presidents (8)


37th Riskiest
Ranked 2nd in Health Care and 3rd in Economy
There are over 3,000 glaciers in Washington

Washington DC

5th Riskiest
Washington DC median household income: $82,372
DC loves its wine—it drinks more rosé per capita than anywhere else in the US


41st Riskiest
Ranked 3rd in Quality of Life and 8th in Opportunity
Wisconsin produces 25% of the nation’s cheese


14th Riskiest
Ranked 9th in Fiscal Stability and 49th in Growth
According to the National Park Service, more people are injured by bison than grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park

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