Welfare Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: US Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, CATO Institute
Research Date: August 1st, 2015

Welfare is the organized public or private social services for the assistance of disadvantaged groups. Aid could include general Welfare payments, health care through Medicaid, food stamps, special payments for pregnant women and young mothers, and federal and state housing benefits. The Welfare system in the United States began in the 1930s, during the Great Depression. Opponents of Welfare argue that it affects work incentives.

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Welfare Statistics
Total number of Americans on welfare110,489,000
Total number of Americans on food stamps41,700,000
Total number of Americans on unemployment insurance10,200,000
Percent of the US population on welfare35.4 %
Total government spending on welfare annually (not including food stamps or unemployment)$131,900,000,000
Welfare Demographics 
Percent of recipients who are white38.8 %
Percent of recipients who are black39.8 %
Percent of recipients who are Hispanic15.7 %
Percent of recipients who are Asian2.4 %
Percent of recipients who are Other3.3 %
Welfare Statistics
Total amount of money you can make monthly and still receive Welfare$1000
Total Number of U.S. States where Welfare pays more than an $8 per hour job39
Number of U.S. States where Welfare pays more than a $12 per hour job6
Number of U.S. States where Welfare pays more than the average salary of a U.S. Teacher8
Average Time on AFCD (Aid to Families with Dependent Children)
Time on AFDC Percent of Recipients
Less than 7 months19%
7 to 12 months15.2%
1 to 2 years19.3%
2 to 5 years26.9%
Over 5 years19.6%
Top 10 Hourly Wage Equivalent Welfare States in U.S.
StateHourly Wage Equivalent
Hawaii$17.50
Alaska$15.48
Massachusetts$14.66
Connecticut$14.23
Washington, D.C.$13.99
New York$13.13
New Jersey$12.55
Rhode Island$12.55
California$11.59
Virginia$11.11
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