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Welfare Statistics

The welfare statistics below represent anyone who receives any of the following government subsidies:
– Medicaid
– Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), better known as food stamps
– Housing assistance
– Supplemental Security Income (SSI), better known as unemployment
– Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), or cash benefits
– General Assistance
Welfare Statistics Data
Total number of Americans receiving welfare 67,891,000
Total number of Americans on SNAP – food stamps 41,700,000
Total number of Americans receiving SSI – unemployment insurance 10,200,000
Percent of the US population on welfare programs 22.38 %
Total Federal government spending on welfare programs annually (not including food stamps or unemployment) $158,200,000,000
Welfare Demographics Percent Total Number
Percent of welfare recipients who are white / caucasian 13 % 29,061,000
Percent of recipients who are black 41.6 % 16,194,596
Percent of recipients who are Hispanic 36 % 19,800,000
Percent of recipients who are Asian or Pacific Islander 18 % 2,736,000
Percent of recipients who are Other / Mixed 3.3 % 97,000
Welfare Statistics Data
Total amount of money you can make monthly and still receive some form of welfare $1,000
Total Number of U.S. States where Welfare pays more than an $8 per hour job 39
Number of U.S. States where Welfare pays more than a $12 per hour job 6
Number of U.S. States where Welfare pays more than the average salary of a U.S. Teacher 8
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Average Time on AFCD (Aid to Families with Dependent Children)
Time on AFDC Percent of Recipients
Less than 7 months 19%
7 to 12 months 15.2%
1 to 2 years 19.3%
2 to 5 years 26.9%
Over 5 years 19.6%
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Sources: US Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, CATO Institute
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: August 25, 2016

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