10 Ways Retirement Will Be Different in 2030

Social Security is a critical source of retirement income.

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Social Security is a critical source of retirement income. Yet, by 2030 the trust that helps fund benefits for retirees will be nearly depleted. Once the trust money dries up completely—the projected date is 2034—income from payroll deductions will only cover 77% of retirees' full monthly benefits.

Shrinking Social Security benefits represent one way retirement could be radically different in the future. There are many others. Rapid advances in technology, from smart homes to smarter smartphones, will reshape health care, transportation, aging in place and even shopping for future retirees.

Forecasting the future isn’t easy, but The Kiplinger Letter (opens in new tab) has been up to the task for nearly a century. Here’s a closer look at tech trends that will revolutionize the way retirees live by the year 2030. Get a glimpse of the future of retirement today.

John Miley
Senior Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter

John Miley is a Senior Associate Editor at The Kiplinger Letter. He mainly covers technology, telecom and education, but will jump on other important business topics as needed. In his role, he provides timely forecasts about emerging technologies, business trends and government regulations. He also edits stories for the weekly publication and has written and edited e-mail newsletters.

He joined Kiplinger in August 2010 as a reporter for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, where he wrote stories, fact-checked articles and researched investing data. After two years at the magazine, he moved to the Letter, where he has been for the last decade. He holds a BA from Bates College and a master’s degree in magazine journalism from Northwestern University, where he specialized in business reporting. An avid runner and a former decathlete, he has written about fitness and competed in triathlons.