These types of headlines drive me nuts. They mean nothing.
Why not say couples in retirement face an average $290,000 in property taxes (that’s my tax rate) or $100,000 in food costs?
Yeah, health care costs and premiums are a problem. They are an ongoing expense which may or may not be incurred by any given individual, at least beyond premiums.
On the other hand, property taxes and other routine expenses will definitely continue and in that case may not be directly related to couples or singles.