Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2016

The new edition of Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2016 is available.

I like this booklet. Perhaps you will too.

Issued annually, this short booklet answers frequently asked questions about the programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). It highlights basic program data for the Social Security retirement, survivors, and disability (OASDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.

Tables and charts illustrate the range of program beneficiaries, from the country’s oldest to its youngest citizens. In all, about 65.1 million people received some type of Social Security benefit or SSI assistance in 2015.

Different topics are easily tabbed for your interest. All are worth your time. In particular, see the “Relative Importance of Social Security” chart in the “Income of the Aged Population” section.

From the “Did You Know” section:

  • 65.1 million people received benefits from programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in 2015.
  • 5.4 million people were newly awarded Social Security benefits in 2015.
  • 61% of aged beneficiaries received at least half of their income from Social Security in 2014.
  • 55% of adult Social Security beneficiaries in 2015 were women.
  • 53.9 was the average age of disabled-worker beneficiaries in 2015.
  • 86% of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients received payments because of disability or blindness in 2015.

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