About 59 million people collect Social Security benefits each month, and they account for about one in six people in the United States. In about one family in four, someone is receiving Social Security benefits.
About 39 million retired workers receive benefits and another 2.9 million individuals receive benefits as spouses or children of retired workers. A total of 6 million people receive benefits as survivors of deceased workers, including 3.8 million aged widows and widowers and 1.8 million children. Another 8.9 million people receive benefits as disabled workers, and 1.9 million people receive benefits as the child or spouse of a disabled worker. A total of 3.1 million children under age 18 receive Social Security and another 1.0 million adults who have been disabled since childhood get benefits as dependents of a retired, disabled or deceased parent.
Total Beneficiaries: 59,496,533
Social Security Benefits, July 31, 2015
||Number of Beneficiaries
||Average Monthly Benefit
|Retired Workers and their Families
|Wives and husbands of retired workers
|Children of retired workers
|Survivors of Deceased Workers
|Widows and widowers and parents aged 60 and older
|Children of deceased workers
|Young widows and widowers
|Disabled widows and widowers
|Disabled Workers and their Families
|Wives and husbands of disabled workers
|Children of disabled workers
Source link: http://www.ssa.gov/cgi-bin/currentpay.cgi
In 2014, Social Security paid $848 billion in benefits to retired workers, disabled persons, and dependents of retired, disabled or deceased workers. Of the total benefit payments, 70 percent was paid to retirees and their families, 13 percent to survivors of deceased workers, and 17 percent to disabled workers and their families.
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