Welfare Statistics

The welfare statistics below represent anyone who receives any of the following government subsidies:
– Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), better known as food stamps
– Housing assistance
– Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
– Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), or cash benefits
– General Assistance
DOES NOT INCLUDE the 70.5 million people enrolled in Medicaid
Welfare Statistics Data
Total number of Americans receiving welfare government assistance 67,891,000
Total number of Americans on SNAP – food stamps 41,170,000
Total number of Americans receiving (UI / EDD) – unemployment insurance 10,200,000
Total number of individuals living in a home that receives housing assistance 7,676,000
Total number of individuals who received TANF during the past 12 months 4,306,000
Number of individuals receiving some type of general assistance welfare not listed above 4,537,000
Percent of the US population on welfare programs 21.2 %
Total Federal government spending on welfare programs annually (not including food stamps or unemployment) $158,200,000,000
Annual size of the Federal grant given to states for TANF $16,489,000,000
Welfare Demographics Percent Total Number
Percent of welfare recipients who are white / caucasian 16.8 % 11,405,000
Percent of welfare recipients who are black 39.6 % 26,884,000
Percent of welfare recipients who are Hispanic 21.2 % 14,392,000
Percent of welfare recipients who are Asian or Pacific Islander 18 % 12,220,000
Percent of welfare recipients who are Other / Mixed 4.4 % 2,987,000
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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
Average Time on AFCD (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) 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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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: US Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, CATO Institute
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: September 2, 2016

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