Income of the Population 55 or Older, 2004
(Expanded Edition)

 

Key Terms and Concepts for Section 5 1

Age. Age classification is based on the age of the person at his or her last birthday as of March 2005. A married couple's age is defined as the age of the husband—unless he is under age 55 and the wife is 55 or older, in which case it is the age of the wife.

Aged unit. With age 55 as the cutoff, aged units are defined as married couples living together—at least one of whom is 55 or older—and nonmarried persons 55 or older.

Marital status. Married persons are married and living with their spouse. Nonmarried persons may be divorced, widowed, never married, separated, or married but living apart from their spouse.

Race. The categories White alone, Black alone, and Asian alone reflect respondents who reported only one race. Because of changes to the race category, data on race are not directly comparable to editions prior to 2002. A person's race is his or her reported race. A married couple's race is defined as the race of the husband.

Hispanic origin. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race. A married couple is of Hispanic origin if the husband is of Hispanic origin.

Family. A family is a group of two or more people (one of whom is the householder) related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing together; all such people (including related subfamily members) are considered as members of one family.

Social Security beneficiary. A beneficiary may be receiving retired-worker benefits, dependents' or survivor benefits, disability benefits, or transitionally insured benefits.

The ratio of Social Security income to total income. This ratio is defined as Social Security income divided by total income. Units and persons in families with less than $1 of total income or negative earnings or asset income are excluded from these tables.

Notes

1 For more information, consult the Glossary for this report.

Tables

Table 5.A1 Percentage distribution of beneficiary units, by age, 2004
Aged unit Social Security benefits (dollars) Aged 55–61 Aged 62–64 Aged 65 or older
Total 65–69 70–74 75–79 80 or older
Total percent 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
1–499 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1 0 0.1 0.2
500–999 0.5 1.2 0.4 0.5 0.2 0.4 0.4
1,000–1,499 0.6 2.8 0.3 0.5 0.3 0.1 0.3
1,500–1,999 1.9 0.9 0.6 1.0 0.6 0.4 0.3
2,000–2,499 0.7 1.0 0.4 0.8 0.6 0.2 0.3
2,500–2,999 1.3 3.1 0.5 0.7 0.4 0.4 0.5
3,000–3,499 1.9 1.3 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.5 0.7
3,500–3,999 1.7 1.7 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.5 0.5
4,000–4,499 2.2 1.9 1.2 1.3 1.1 1.1 1.2
4,500–4,999 2.0 2.6 0.9 0.6 1.1 0.9 1.1
5,000–5,999 3.4 3.7 3.0 3.4 2.3 2.6 3.5
6,000–6,999 9.5 6.5 4.2 4.0 3.8 4.4 4.5
7,000–7,999 10.1 6.2 5.8 6.4 6.6 4.6 5.6
8,000–8,999 4.5 4.0 4.3 3.8 4.0 4.3 4.8
9,000–9,999 8.9 7.0 6.6 6.1 5.4 7.0 7.4
10,000–10,999 7.0 7.5 7.2 6.1 5.6 7.2 9.2
11,000–11,999 5.6 4.6 7.0 6.2 6.4 6.9 8.3
12,000–12,999 6.1 6.7 8.6 6.8 8.6 9.4 9.3
13,000–13,999 6.9 4.1 6.4 5.9 6.8 6.2 6.5
14,000–14,999 2.8 3.7 3.9 4.9 3.9 3.2 3.6
15,000–19,999 15.2 19.7 19.4 19.9 19.8 20.0 18.3
20,000–24,999 4.8 6.4 11.6 12.0 12.7 13.8 8.8
25,000 or more 2.0 2.9 6.5 7.8 8.2 5.8 4.8
Median Social Security benefits (dollars) 10,039 10,800 12,799 13,142 13,219 12,847 12,043
Number (thousands) 2,016 2,316 23,936 5,934 5,391 5,310 7,301
Table 5.A2 Percentage distribution of beneficiary units, by marital status and age, 2004
Aged unit Social Security benefits
(dollars)
Married couples Nonmarried persons
Aged
55–61
Aged
62–64
Aged 65 or older Aged
55–61
Aged
62–64
Aged 65 or older
Total 65–69 70–74 75–79 80 or
older
Total 65–69 70–74 75–79 80 or
older
Total percent 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
1–499 0 0.4 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 0 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.3
500–999 0.5 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.6 2.3 0.5 1.0 0.2 0.5 0.5
1,000–1,499 0.1 1.1 0.2 0.4 0.2 0.1 0.2 1.1 4.8 0.3 0.5 0.4 0.1 0.3
1,500–1,999 2.6 0.6 0.4 0.7 0.6 0.3 0.1 1.1 1.3 0.6 1.4 0.6 0.4 0.4
2,000–2,499 0.9 1.4 0.5 0.7 0.4 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.8 0.7 0.2 0.3
2,500–2,999 1.4 3.2 0.4 0.7 0.3 0.2 0.1 1.1 3.0 0.6 0.7 0.4 0.5 0.6
3,000–3,499 2.8 1.0 0.3 0.7 0.2 0.1 0.2 1.1 1.7 0.9 0.5 1.3 0.8 0.8
3,500–3,999 2.3 1.2 0.3 0.5 0.3 0.2 0 1.1 2.2 0.9 1.0 1.2 0.8 0.7
4,000–4,499 2.1 2.1 0.5 1.0 0.5 0.3 0 2.2 1.6 1.6 1.5 1.6 1.6 1.7
4,500–4,999 1.9 2.2 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.4 0.4 2.0 3.2 1.4 1.2 1.9 1.3 1.4
5,000–5,999 4.5 3.4 0.8 1.2 0.5 0.6 0.8 2.3 4.1 4.5 5.8 3.9 3.9 4.5
6,000–6,999 7.6 5.7 1.2 1.5 1.1 1.6 0.5 11.6 7.5 6.3 6.9 6.2 6.3 6.0
7,000–7,999 9.0 4.8 2.0 2.7 1.5 1.3 2.0 11.3 7.9 8.5 10.7 11.0 6.9 6.9
8,000–8,999 3.3 3.2 2.0 2.6 2.0 1.5 1.5 5.9 4.9 5.9 5.2 5.6 6.2 6.1
9,000–9,999 5.6 4.7 2.2 3.3 1.5 1.9 1.7 12.4 9.7 9.6 9.3 8.8 10.6 9.6
10,000–10,999 5.6 5.9 2.2 2.7 2.3 1.9 1.4 8.5 9.4 10.7 10.0 8.3 10.9 12.2
11,000–11,999 3.8 3.5 3.2 3.3 3.5 2.9 2.8 7.4 5.9 9.7 9.5 8.8 9.7 10.3
12,000–12,999 5.9 4.8 4.3 5.0 4.4 4.3 3.1 6.3 9.0 11.5 8.8 12.3 13.0 11.6
13,000–13,999 7.5 3.8 4.5 5.1 4.5 4.1 4.1 6.3 4.5 7.6 6.8 8.8 7.7 7.4
14,000–14,999 3.2 4.4 4.1 4.5 3.5 3.9 4.6 2.4 3.0 3.7 5.4 4.3 2.6 3.3
15,000–19,999 19.6 26.5 29.9 27.0 28.9 30.7 35.0 10.5 11.9 12.0 11.6 11.9 12.7 12.0
20,000–24,999 6.5 11.2 25.6 21.8 26.0 30.4 25.7 2.9 1.0 1.8 0.8 1.2 2.3 2.4
25,000 or more 3.2 5.1 15.0 14.4 17.3 13.0 15.3 0.8 0.4 0.6 0.3 0.4 0.8 0.8
Median Social Security benefits (dollars) 10,999 13,212 18,679 17,416 19,178 19,310 18,799 9,679 9,439 10,799 10,399 10,800 10,963 10,819
Number (thousands) 1,037 1,242 9,848 3,173 2,505 2,179 1,991 979 1,075 14,088 2,761 2,886 3,131 5,310
 
Table 5.A3 Percentage distribution of beneficiary units, by race, Hispanic origin, and marital status, 2004
Aged unit Social Security
benefits (dollars)
White alone Black alone Asian alone Hispanic origin
All units Married
couples
Nonmarried
persons
All units Married
couples
Nonmarried
persons
All units Married
couples
Nonmarried
persons
All units Married
couples
Nonmarried
persons
Total percent 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
1–499 0.1 0 0.1 0.3 0 0.4 0 0 0 0 0 0
500–999 0.4 0.2 0.5 0.5 0 0.7 0 0 0 0.5 0 0.8
1,000–1,499 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.7 0.5 0.8 1.7 2.0 1.3 0.1 0 0.2
1,500–1,999 0.6 0.4 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6 1.1 0.1 0.8 1.3 0.5
2,000–2,499 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.6 0.8 0.5 0.3 0.6 0 0.3 0 0.5
2,500–2,999 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.9 0.6 1.1 0.3 0.1 0.6 1.0 0.5 1.4
3,000–3,499 0.5 0.2 0.6 2.0 1.2 2.2 1.5 1.3 1.6 1.0 0.4 1.4
3,500–3,999 0.6 0.3 0.8 1.3 0.3 1.6 0.7 0.3 1.1 2.1 0.6 3.0
4,000–4,499 1.1 0.5 1.4 2.0 0.6 2.5 1.1 0 2.3 1.2 0 2.0
4,500–4,999 0.8 0.3 1.3 1.8 0.3 2.3 1.3 0 2.6 2.4 0.4 3.7
5,000–5,999 2.6 0.7 4.0 6.4 2.6 7.6 4.1 0.4 8.0 5.9 1.5 8.6
6,000–6,999 3.5 1.0 5.3 10.6 3.5 12.9 6.8 4.0 9.7 7.1 2.7 9.7
7,000–7,999 5.3 1.8 7.8 10.7 3.5 13.1 5.8 3.0 8.7 9.6 3.4 13.5
8,000–8,999 4.0 1.8 5.7 6.0 2.9 7.0 6.9 5.9 8.0 5.4 4.6 6.0
9,000–9,999 6.3 2.0 9.5 8.9 4.1 10.4 5.6 3.6 7.7 8.5 4.4 11.0
10,000–10,999 7.0 1.9 10.7 9.0 3.5 10.8 6.0 5.6 6.4 9.5 7.2 11.0
11,000–11,999 7.3 3.0 10.5 4.4 4.9 4.3 6.6 5.2 8.0 6.0 6.7 5.6
12,000–12,999 8.7 4.2 12.0 7.9 5.2 8.8 7.2 5.3 9.3 6.2 3.7 7.7
13,000–13,999 6.7 4.6 8.2 3.5 3.5 3.5 6.3 3.1 9.6 4.9 8.3 2.9
14,000–14,999 4.1 4.1 4.1 2.0 4.1 1.4 3.5 3.6 3.4 2.7 3.6 2.2
15,000–19,999 20.2 30.0 12.9 12.4 30.2 6.5 18.9 28.4 9.0 14.7 27.6 7.0
20,000–24,999 12.4 26.4 2.0 4.2 15.8 0.4 9.6 18.0 0.9 5.1 13.1 0.2
25,000 or more 6.9 15.5 0.6 3.3 11.4 0.6 5.1 8.4 1.7 4.5 10.0 1.2
Median Social Security benefits (dollars) 13,063 18,866 11,047 9,535 16,130 8,599 12,000 15,965 9,600 10,399 15,163 8,839
Number (thousands) 20,959 8,935 12,023 2,132 526 1,606 534 272 262 1,322 499 823
 
Table 5.A4 Percentage distribution of beneficiary units, by marital status and quintile of total money income, 2004
Aged unit
Social Security
benefits (dollars)
All units Married couples Nonmarried persons
First Second Third Fourth Fifth First Second Third Fourth Fifth First Second Third Fourth Fifth
Total percent 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
1–499 0.5 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.6 0.2 0.1 0 0
500–999 1.1 0.1 0.2 0.4 0.3 0.2 0 0.3 0.2 0.2 2.0 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.6
1,000–1,499 1.0 0 0.1 0.2 0.4 0.5 0 0.2 0.2 0.4 1.2 0.1 0 0.2 0.5
1,500–1,999 1.0 0.2 0.3 0.5 0.8 0.5 0 0 1.1 0.6 1.6 0.2 0.1 0.5 1.1
2,000–2,499 0.9 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.9 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.6 1.1 1.3 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.5
2,500–2,999 1.1 0.3 0.1 0.4 0.6 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.6 0.7 1.8 0.2 0.5 0.3 0.5
3,000–3,499 1.8 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.5 0 0.7 0.3 0.2 3.1 0.2 0.3 0.7 0.5
3,500–3,999 2.1 0.3 0.4 0.2 0.5 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.5 0.3 3.2 0.2 0.5 0.6 0.5
4,000–4,499 3.8 0.8 0.7 0.4 0.8 0.8 0.2 0.3 1.3 0.1 5.5 1.2 0.8 1.0 0.6
4,500–4,999 3.7 0.5 0.6 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4 0 0.3 0.2 5.9 0.6 0.5 0.7 0.6
5,000–5,999 11.2 2.2 1.3 1.1 1.0 1.5 0.8 0.2 0.8 1.0 15.8 3.5 2.7 1.9 1.8
6,000–6,999 15.9 2.6 2.3 1.4 1.4 2.0 1.2 1.0 1.1 0.9 23.8 4.3 2.6 3.0 2.5
7,000–7,999 20.7 4.0 3.2 2.4 2.0 4.4 1.0 1.4 1.2 2.1 29.2 6.3 4.2 4.7 3.7
8,000–8,999 12.4 3.7 3.0 2.2 1.8 3.9 1.1 1.8 1.5 1.8 4.7 14.4 2.7 3.9 3.1
9,000–9,999 18.2 6.5 4.6 3.0 3.0 4.2 1.1 1.6 1.8 2.6 0.1 26.2 6.1 6.9 5.6
10,000–10,999 3.7 17.5 6.5 3.7 2.7 3.7 2.3 1.7 1.5 1.8 0 24.7 9.0 9.7 6.6
11,000–11,999 0.2 17.5 7.4 4.4 3.4 7.7 2.0 2.2 2.0 2.4 0.1 17.2 9.4 11.0 8.1
12,000–12,999 0.3 18.7 8.7 6.6 5.9 7.7 2.4 3.5 4.4 4.0 0.1 0.2 28.5 13.0 12.1
13,000–13,999 0.1 11.0 8.1 5.7 5.2 9.5 3.0 3.0 3.3 4.6 0 0 15.1 11.0 9.9
14,000–14,999 0.1 5.6 4.4 5.0 3.3 8.5 3.3 3.7 2.0 3.8 0 0 6.3 4.8 6.6
15,000–19,999 0.1 7.8 34.0 27.5 24.0 42.3 33.9 27.4 24.7 22.4 0 0.1 10.1 22.7 25.3
20,000–24,999 0 0 13.0 22.3 21.3 1.2 38.8 32.2 30.2 21.7 0 0 0 3.0 6.1
25,000 or more 0 0 0.4 11.8 20.2 0 8.0 18.3 20.5 27.2 0 0 0 0.1 3.0
Median Social Security benefits (dollars) 7,399 11,599 14,419 17,090 18,278 14,198 19,646 20,078 20,186 19,799 6,511 9,655 12,355 12,487 13,111
Number (thousands) 3,877 5,272 5,082 4,968 4,738 1,771 2,091 2,047 2,028 1,911 2,171 3,027 3,124 2,988 2,779
NOTE: Quintile limits are $10,399, $16,363, $25,587, and $44,129 for all units; $20,258, $29,437, $42,129, and $68,299 for married couples; and $8,364, $12,000, $16,471, and $26,064 for nonmarried persons.
Table 5.A5 Percentage distribution of Social Security beneficiary units, by proportion of aged unit income from Social Security and marital status, 2004
Aged unit Social Security
benefits (dollars)
Proportion of aged unit income from Social Security
Less than 50 percent 50–89 percent 90–99 percent 100 percent
All units Married
couples
Nonmarried
persons
All units Married
couples
Nonmarried
persons
All units Married
couples
Nonmarried
persons
All units Married
couples
Nonmarried
persons
Total percent 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
1–499 0.2 0 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 0 0.1
500–999 0.8 0.4 1.3 0 0 0 0.2 0 0.2 0.4 0 0.5
1,000–1,499 0.6 0.4 0.9 0.1 0 0.2 0 0 0 0.3 0.5 0.2
1,500–1,999 1.3 0.8 1.9 0.1 0 0.1 0.2 0 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.3
2,000–2,499 1.1 1.0 1.2 0.1 0 0.1 0 0 0 0.2 0 0.2
2,500–2,999 1.0 0.8 1.4 0.2 0.1 0.2 0 0.1 0 0.4 0 0.6
3,000–3,499 1.3 0.7 2.0 0.2 0 0.3 0.3 0 0.5 0.6 0.2 0.7
3,500–3,999 1.0 0.5 1.6 0.2 0 0.4 0.2 0 0.3 0.9 0.3 1.1
4,000–4,499 1.9 1.1 2.9 0.6 0.1 0.9 0.6 0 0.8 1.3 0.1 1.5
4,500–4,999 1.1 0.5 1.8 0.9 0 1.4 0.3 0.2 0.4 1.3 0.2 1.6
5,000–5,999 3.2 1.2 5.7 2.8 0.2 4.6 1.7 0.6 2.3 3.8 0.7 4.5
6,000–6,999 3.6 2.1 5.5 3.5 0.4 5.8 3.2 0.5 4.6 6.7 0.4 8.3
7,000–7,999 5.1 3.0 7.6 3.9 0.8 6.2 6.2 1.4 8.6 9.7 1.4 11.8
8,000–8,999 4.2 3.2 5.3 3.3 0.9 5.1 2.9 0.4 4.1 6.8 1.9 8.0
9,000–9,999 5.1 3.3 7.3 5.6 1.1 8.8 7.4 0.9 10.6 10.2 2.3 12.2
10,000–10,999 5.3 3.1 7.9 7.2 1.3 11.5 7.1 0.9 10.3 10.3 1.9 12.5
11,000–11,999 5.7 3.3 8.7 6.6 1.8 10.1 8.8 2.9 11.8 8.6 6.4 9.2
12,000–12,999 7.5 5.8 9.6 8.7 2.3 13.4 9.6 2.5 13.1 9.2 5.6 10.1
13,000–13,999 6.0 5.1 7.0 6.7 3.1 9.3 8.1 4.4 9.9 5.5 6.1 5.3
14,000–14,999 4.1 4.1 4.0 4.0 3.4 4.4 4.0 3.1 4.4 3.3 6.5 2.5
15,000–19,999 20.2 25.5 13.6 22.1 33.1 14.1 21.0 33.2 14.9 13.2 37.7 7.0
20,000–24,999 12.1 20.3 2.0 15.1 33.0 2.2 11.4 30.7 1.7 5.1 19.9 1.4
25,000 or more 7.8 13.8 0.3 8.1 18.3 0.7 6.9 18.1 1.2 1.9 7.6 0.5
Median Social Security benefits (dollars) 13,000 17,198 10,399 13,999 20,149 11,599 13,200 19,838 11,599 10,699 17,198 9,799
Number (thousands) 8,098 4,469 3,628 7,517 3,158 4,359 2,994 1,002 1,992 5,053 1,020 4,033
NOTE: Units with zero total income or with negative total income, earnings, or income from assets are excluded.
Table 5.B1 Percentage distribution of persons in Social Security beneficiary families, by sex and age, 2004
Family Social Security
benefits (dollars)
All persons Men Women
55–61 62–64 65 or older 55–61 62–64 65 or older 55–61 62–64 65 or older
Total percent 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
1–499 0.2 0.2 0.1 0 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.1 0.1
500–999 0.4 1.0 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.2 0.4 1.4 0.3
1,000–1,499 0.8 1.8 0.2 0.8 2.0 0.3 0.8 1.6 0.2
1,500–1,999 1.2 0.9 0.5 1.4 0.9 0.6 1.0 0.9 0.4
2,000–2,499 0.8 1.0 0.4 0.7 1.0 0.4 0.8 1.0 0.4
2,500–2,999 1.3 2.0 0.5 1.4 2.7 0.4 1.2 1.6 0.5
3,000–3,499 1.2 1.2 0.5 2.3 0.8 0.5 0.5 1.4 0.5
3,500–3,999 1.4 1.5 0.6 1.9 1.8 0.4 1.2 1.2 0.7
4,000–4,499 2.4 1.4 0.9 2.3 2.2 0.8 2.5 0.9 1.0
4,500–4,999 1.3 1.8 0.7 1.4 2.0 0.4 1.3 1.6 1.0
5,000–5,999 3.3 2.9 2.2 4.0 2.8 1.2 2.9 3.0 3.0
6,000–6,999 6.4 5.0 3.2 6.7 5.7 2.2 6.3 4.5 4.0
7,000–7,999 7.7 4.6 4.5 8.2 5.0 3.1 7.4 4.4 5.5
8,000–8,999 4.3 3.8 3.5 5.0 3.9 2.6 4.0 3.6 4.2
9,000–9,999 7.3 4.6 5.1 7.0 4.8 3.5 7.5 4.6 6.3
10,000–10,999 6.6 6.1 5.5 6.2 6.7 4.1 6.8 5.6 6.5
11,000–11,999 5.2 4.1 5.8 5.3 3.6 4.8 5.1 4.4 6.4
12,000–12,999 7.2 5.6 7.0 7.1 4.5 6.7 7.3 6.4 7.2
13,000–13,999 7.2 4.7 5.6 6.9 4.5 5.5 7.4 4.7 5.6
14,000–14,999 4.3 3.6 3.8 3.0 4.0 4.2 5.1 3.3 3.6
15,000–19,999 18.5 21.9 22.4 17.6 25.2 26.2 18.9 19.6 19.5
20,000–24,999 6.8 12.7 16.5 6.1 9.7 19.7 7.1 14.8 14.0
25,000 or more 4.2 7.9 10.4 4.5 5.5 12.3 4.0 9.5 8.9
Median family Social Security benefits (dollars) 11,599 13,200 14,798 11,239 12,792 16,538 11,959 13,399 13,356
Number (thousands) 4,730 4,100 31,831 1,702 1,672 13,638 3,028 2,428 18,193
 
Table 5.B2 Percentage distribution of persons in Social Security beneficiary families, by sex and age, 2004
Family Social Security
benefits (dollars)
All persons Men Women
65–69 70–74 75–79 80 or
older
65–69 70–74 75–79 80 or
older
65–69 70–74 75–79 80 or
older
Total percent 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
1–499 0 0 0.1 0.1 0 0.1 0.1 0 0 0 0 0.2
500–999 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.4 0.1 0.3 0.4
1,000–1,499 0.4 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.4 0.1 0.1 0.2
1,500–1,999 0.7 0.5 0.3 0.4 0.9 0.5 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.4
2,000–2,499 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.6 0.4 0.2 0.3 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.1
2,500–2,999 0.7 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.9 0.2 0.4 0.5
3,000–3,499 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.4
3,500–3,999 0.7 0.7 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.3 0.1 0.8 0.9 0.4 0.6
4,000–4,499 1.1 0.8 0.8 1.0 0.9 0.6 0.8 0.8 1.2 0.9 0.8 1.1
4,500–4,999 0.5 0.9 0.8 0.9 0.1 0.6 0.3 0.4 0.8 1.1 1.1 1.2
5,000–5,999 2.4 1.7 1.8 2.8 1.6 0.8 1.0 1.3 3.1 2.5 2.4 3.8
6,000–6,999 2.9 3.2 3.3 3.5 2.1 2.1 2.6 1.8 3.7 4.0 3.7 4.5
7,000–7,999 4.6 4.7 3.8 4.8 3.7 3.5 2.2 2.8 5.5 5.6 5.0 6.0
8,000–8,999 3.2 3.1 3.3 4.3 3.2 2.5 1.9 2.4 3.2 3.5 4.4 5.4
9,000–9,999 4.4 4.1 5.7 6.2 3.7 3.2 3.6 3.4 5.0 4.8 7.2 7.9
10,000–10,999 4.5 4.2 5.6 7.5 4.0 3.4 3.9 5.3 5.0 4.8 6.7 8.8
11,000–11,999 5.0 5.1 5.8 7.1 4.8 4.1 4.8 5.7 5.2 5.8 6.6 7.9
12,000–12,999 5.6 7.0 7.5 8.0 6.0 7.1 7.2 6.8 5.3 7.0 7.7 8.7
13,000–13,999 5.1 5.9 5.4 5.9 6.0 5.8 4.9 5.0 4.3 5.9 5.7 6.5
14,000–14,999 4.3 3.8 3.4 3.7 5.4 3.4 2.9 4.6 3.4 4.1 3.8 3.2
15,000–19,999 22.3 23.1 23.8 20.7 24.6 25.8 26.9 28.0 20.2 21.1 21.5 16.3
20,000–24,999 17.4 17.9 18.1 12.9 17.7 19.7 24.4 18.1 17.1 16.6 13.4 9.8
25,000 or more 12.6 11.7 8.8 8.2 12.4 14.8 10.6 11.3 12.9 9.3 7.5 6.3
Median family Social Security benefits (dollars) 15,331 15,619 15,199 13,219 15,799 17,271 17,599 16,231 15,062 14,292 13,411 12,000
Number (thousands) 8,768 7,556 6,977 8,529 4,115 3,351 2,978 3,193 4,654 4,205 3,998 5,336
 
Table 5.B3 Percentage distribution of persons in Social Security beneficiary families, by sex and marital status, 2004
Family Social Security
benefits (dollars)
All persons Men Women
Married Nonmarried Married Nonmarried Married Nonmarried
Total Widowed Divorced Never
married
Total Widowed Divorced Never
married
Total Widowed Divorced Never
married
Total percent 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
1–499 0 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.5 0 0.2 0 0.2 1.0 0 0.1 0.1 0.3 0
500–999 0.1 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.2 0.2 0 0.5 0.7 0 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6
1,000–1,499 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.2 0
1,500–1,999 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.1 1.3 0.5 0.8 0.9 0.3 0.8 0.3 0.5 0.5 0 1.7
2,000–2,499 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.4 1.0 0.5 0.2 0.1 0 1.0 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.7 1.0
2,500–2,999 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.8 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.8 0.5 0.4 0.6 0.4 0.8 0.4
3,000–3,499 0.3 0.8 0.7 0.7 1.1 0.3 1.0 1.5 0.4 0.6 0.4 0.7 0.5 0.9 1.6
3,500–3,999 0.3 0.9 0.9 0.5 1.1 0.3 0.6 0.7 0.5 0.7 0.3 1.0 0.9 0.5 1.4
4,000–4,499 0.5 1.5 1.3 1.6 2.5 0.5 1.4 1.2 1.7 2.5 0.4 1.5 1.4 1.6 2.4
4,500–4,999 0.3 1.3 1.3 1.1 1.7 0.2 0.7 0.5 0.2 2.5 0.4 1.5 1.5 1.6 0.9
5,000–5,999 0.7 4.1 3.3 5.8 4.6 0.7 2.4 1.9 2.7 4.4 0.7 4.7 3.7 7.7 4.9
6,000–6,999 1.2 5.7 5.2 6.4 6.4 1.2 4.7 4.2 2.8 8.3 1.2 6.1 5.4 8.6 4.7
7,000–7,999 1.8 7.8 7.0 9.7 9.7 1.9 6.1 5.9 5.2 9.2 1.7 8.4 7.2 12.4 10.1
8,000–8,999 1.9 5.5 5.5 6.3 5.2 2.0 4.1 4.2 3.7 5.3 1.8 6.0 5.8 7.9 5.2
9,000–9,999 1.9 9.0 8.7 11.4 7.5 2.1 7.0 5.5 10.1 5.9 1.7 9.7 9.5 12.2 9.0
10,000–10,999 1.8 10.0 10.8 8.8 7.8 2.1 9.4 9.4 10.4 8.5 1.5 10.2 11.1 7.9 7.1
11,000–11,999 2.9 9.3 10.0 7.1 7.8 3.0 9.6 9.5 8.5 7.5 2.7 9.3 10.1 6.3 8.1
12,000–12,999 3.9 10.9 11.7 9.1 9.1 4.3 13.1 14.0 13.2 10.1 3.4 10.1 11.2 6.5 8.2
13,000–13,999 4.0 7.5 7.7 7.5 6.9 4.4 8.3 8.3 9.9 5.2 3.6 7.2 7.5 6.0 8.4
14,000–14,999 3.8 3.9 3.8 4.5 4.3 4.0 4.6 4.2 6.8 3.5 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.1 5.0
15,000–19,999 29.7 13.4 13.9 12.1 11.8 29.4 17.8 20.2 17.6 12.5 30.0 11.7 12.4 8.7 11.0
20,000–24,999 26.7 3.7 3.7 3.2 4.4 25.6 4.4 4.5 3.1 4.4 28.1 3.5 3.5 3.2 4.3
25,000 or more 16.8 2.4 2.4 1.7 4.2 16.2 2.2 2.6 0.8 4.3 17.7 2.4 2.3 2.2 4.1
Median family Social Security benefits (dollars) 19,166 11,172 11,500 10,399 10,799 18,799 12,000 12,391 12,000 10,699 19,598 10,800 11,155 9,456 10,987
Number (thousands) 17,623 14,207 9,724 2,457 1,177 9,854 3,784 1,873 936 562 7,770 10,423 7,852 1,521 615
 
Table 5.B4 Percentage distribution of persons in Social Security beneficiary families, by race, Hispanic origin, and sex, 2004
Family Social Security
benefits (dollars)
White alone Black alone Asian alone Hispanic origin
All
persons
Men Women All
persons
Men Women All
persons
Men Women All
persons
Men Women
Total percent 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
1–499 0 0 0 0.2 0.2 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0
500–999 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.1 0.6 0 0 0 0.1 0.2 0
1,000–1,499 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.6 0.8 0.4 1.7 1.6 1.8 0.2 0.3 0.1
1,500–1,999 0.5 0.6 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.9 0.4 0.7 1.4 0.2
2,000–2,499 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.6 0.7 0.6 0.2 0.5 0 0.2 0 0.4
2,500–2,999 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.8 1.0 0.6 0 0.1 0 0.9 0.6 1.2
3,000–3,499 0.4 0.4 0.5 1.6 1.9 1.4 1.0 1.6 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.8
3,500–3,999 0.5 0.4 0.6 1.1 0.3 1.7 0.8 1.1 0.6 2.4 1.2 3.2
4,000–4,499 0.9 0.7 1.0 1.4 1.4 1.4 0.6 0.3 0.8 1.0 0.8 1.2
4,500–4,999 0.7 0.3 0.9 1.4 0.5 2.0 1.2 0.2 1.9 1.7 0.3 2.7
5,000–5,999 1.9 1.0 2.6 5.4 2.9 7.0 2.7 1.1 4.1 4.2 2.3 5.6
6,000–6,999 2.7 1.8 3.4 8.5 5.6 10.3 5.5 5.2 5.7 5.7 4.6 6.5
7,000–7,999 4.1 2.8 5.1 8.2 5.9 9.7 4.9 3.8 5.8 7.1 6.5 7.5
8,000–8,999 3.2 2.3 3.8 5.8 3.3 7.5 6.8 7.3 6.4 4.8 4.2 5.3
9,000–9,999 4.8 3.2 6.1 8.0 7.0 8.6 4.8 3.0 6.2 6.8 5.4 7.8
10,000–10,999 5.2 3.9 6.2 7.6 5.4 8.9 5.0 6.4 3.8 7.9 7.1 8.5
11,000–11,999 5.9 4.8 6.7 4.5 5.8 3.7 6.0 5.5 6.5 5.5 6.4 4.8
12,000–12,999 7.0 6.6 7.4 7.1 9.0 5.9 5.9 5.7 6.0 5.0 5.9 4.3
13,000–13,999 5.8 5.5 6.0 3.7 5.9 2.3 4.2 3.6 4.6 5.7 6.3 5.3
14,000–14,999 3.9 4.2 3.7 2.9 3.7 2.4 3.4 4.1 2.8 3.3 4.1 2.8
15,000–19,999 23.0 26.8 20.2 15.7 20.0 12.9 20.9 23.1 19.1 19.1 23.3 16.0
20,000–24,999 17.4 20.7 14.9 7.4 9.9 5.9 13.7 15.2 12.5 8.7 10.6 7.3
25,000 or more 10.8 12.8 9.3 6.5 8.4 5.3 10.1 9.9 10.3 8.2 7.8 8.5
Median family Social Security benefits (dollars) 15,199 17,089 13,807 10,752 12,799 9,720 13,723 14,400 12,799 12,000 13,399 10,922
Number (thousands) 28,147 12,127 16,020 2,517 981 1,536 770 343 427 1,734 740 994
 
Table 5.B5 Percentage distribution of persons in Social Security beneficiary families, by quintile of per-capita total family money income, 2004
Family Social Security
benefits (dollars)
Total First Second Third Fourth Fifth
All persons in beneficiary families
Total percent 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
1–499 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0 0
500–999 0.3 0.7 0.1 0 0.2 0.3
1,000–1,499 0.2 0.6 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.4
1,500–1,999 0.5 0.9 0.1 0.2 0.5 0.8
2,000–2,499 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.7
2,500–2,999 0.5 0.8 0.1 0.5 0.4 0.6
3,000–3,499 0.5 1.1 0.2 0.6 0.3 0.4
3,500–3,999 0.6 1.3 0.2 0.7 0.2 0.5
4,000–4,499 0.9 2.1 0.7 0.6 0.9 0.5
4,500–4,999 0.7 2.1 0.5 0.3 0.6 0.4
5,000–5,999 2.2 6.2 1.4 1.3 1.4 1.3
6,000–6,999 3.2 8.8 2.2 1.9 2.3 1.6
7,000–7,999 4.5 13.1 2.7 2.9 2.5 2.4
8,000–8,999 3.5 7.7 3.2 2.5 2.6 2.1
9,000–9,999 5.1 6.9 7.5 3.9 3.4 3.9
10,000–10,999 5.5 3.1 10.8 4.4 5.1 3.4
11,000–11,999 5.8 4.9 9.0 5.2 4.6 4.8
12,000–12,999 7.0 5.8 8.8 6.5 6.9 6.9
13,000–13,999 5.6 5.4 4.0 7.2 5.3 5.8
14,000–14,999 3.8 5.1 2.1 4.9 3.6 3.6
15,000–19,999 22.4 20.2 21.3 24.6 23.2 22.4
20,000–24,999 16.5 2.0 20.7 19.5 20.9 17.3
25,000 or more 10.4 0.9 3.9 11.9 14.4 20.0
Median family Social Security benefits (dollars) 14,798 9,300 13,507 15,916 16,800 17,119
Number (thousands) 31,831 5,666 6,681 6,674 6,482 6,327
NOTE: Per-capita family total money income quintile limits are $9,508, $13,599, $19,120, and $30,199.
Table 5.B6 Percentage distribution of persons in Social Security beneficiary families, by number of persons in family and quintile of per-capita total family money income, 2004
Family Social Security
benefits (dollars)
Total First Second Third Fourth Fifth
Persons in 1-person beneficiary families
Total percent 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
1–499 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2 0 0.1
500–999 0.5 1.6 0.1 0 0.4 0.5
1,000–1,499 0.3 0.7 0 0.1 0.1 0.6
1,500–1,999 0.6 1.5 0.1 0.2 0.3 1.2
2,000–2,499 0.4 1.0 0.4 0.1 0.3 0.4
2,500–2,999 0.6 1.5 0.2 0.6 0.5 0.2
3,000–3,499 0.8 2.2 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
3,500–3,999 0.8 2.8 0.1 0.8 0.1 0.6
4,000–4,499 1.4 3.6 1.2 0.8 0.8 0.6
4,500–4,999 1.3 4.5 0.4 0.6 0.8 0.4
5,000–5,999 4.1 13.4 2.0 2.5 1.8 1.7
6,000–6,999 5.6 17.9 3.6 2.1 3.4 2.3
7,000–7,999 8.1 25.2 4.3 4.9 4.6 3.4
8,000–8,999 5.3 12.6 5.2 2.8 3.7 2.8
9,000–9,999 9.9 11.0 17.2 7.4 6.0 5.6
10,000–10,999 10.5 0.1 23.5 8.2 10.8 5.7
11,000–11,999 10.4 0 19.1 11.3 9.2 9.0
12,000–12,999 11.7 0.3 18.2 12.9 13.1 11.5
13,000–13,999 7.6 0 3.9 14.5 10.3 10.1
14,000–14,999 3.9 0 0 8.7 5.8 6.0
15,000–19,999 13.2 0 0 20.7 22.3 27.1
20,000–24,999 2.1 0 0 0 5.2 6.5
25,000 or more 0.6 0 0 0 0.2 3.4
Median family Social Security benefits (dollars) 10,999 6,948 10,579 12,780 12,691 13,200
Number (thousands) 10,446 1,917 2,585 2,166 1,916 1,862
Persons in 2-person beneficiary families
Total percent 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
1–499 0 0.2 0 0 0 0
500–999 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.1
1,000–1,499 0.1 0.2 0 0 0.1 0.3
1,500–1,999 0.4 0.5 0 0.2 0.8 0.6
2,000–2,499 0.4 0 0.2 0.5 0.5 0.7
2,500–2,999 0.4 0.4 0 0.4 0.3 0.9
3,000–3,499 0.4 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.2 0.4
3,500–3,999 0.3 0.6 0.2 0.1 0.3 0.4
4,000–4,499 0.6 1.3 0.2 0.6 0.9 0.5
4,500–4,999 0.5 0.8 0.4 0.1 0.6 0.4
5,000–5,999 0.9 1.8 0.8 0.5 0.6 1.2
6,000–6,999 1.6 3.3 1.1 1.2 1.5 1.3
7,000–7,999 2.1 5.5 1.0 1.3 1.6 1.9
8,000–8,999 2.1 4.7 1.7 1.8 1.4 1.4
9,000–9,999 2.4 4.4 1.0 1.8 2.0 3.1
10,000–10,999 2.3 3.8 2.2 2.3 2.1 1.7
11,000–11,999 3.3 7.8 2.1 2.1 2.4 3.1
12,000–12,999 4.3 9.4 2.3 3.1 3.7 4.3
13,000–13,999 4.5 9.5 3.8 3.3 2.9 4.0
14,000–14,999 4.0 8.9 3.6 3.3 2.8 2.7
15,000–19,999 28.8 35.7 38.0 27.8 24.5 20.1
20,000–24,999 25.4 0.5 36.6 31.2 30.7 22.7
25,000 or more 15.1 0 4.7 17.9 20.1 28.1
Median family Social Security benefits (dollars) 18,631 13,478 19,495 19,898 20,198 20,299
Number (thousands) 17,125 2,755 3,457 3,609 3,566 3,738
Persons in families of 3 or more
Total percent 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
1–499 0 0 0 0 0 0
500–999 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.1 0.3 0.7
1,000–1,499 0.7 1.8 0.9 0.4 0 0.3
1,500–1,999 0.3 0.6 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.4
2,000–2,499 0.3 0 0 0 0.4 1.1
2,500–2,999 0.3 0.1 0.4 0.5 0.3 0.4
3,000–3,499 0.5 0.3 0 1.0 0.7 0.5
3,500–3,999 0.9 0.5 0.2 2.9 0.3 0.5
4,000–4,499 0.8 1.4 1.1 0.2 1.2 0.2
4,500–4,999 0.6 1.1 1.0 0.6 0.4 0
5,000–5,999 2.8 4.7 2.3 1.9 3.5 0.9
6,000–6,999 3.7 6.6 2.0 4.4 3.2 1.2
7,000–7,999 5.0 10.5 5.3 4.5 1.9 2.2
8,000–8,999 4.8 6.5 3.8 4.5 4.6 3.9
9,000–9,999 4.1 5.8 3.5 3.9 3.7 3.3
10,000–10,999 5.6 6.6 6.5 3.7 5.2 6.3
11,000–11,999 4.4 6.6 5.6 2.6 3.7 3.1
12,000–12,999 6.2 6.3 6.5 4.3 6.3 8.3
13,000–13,999 4.9 4.7 6.0 5.4 4.5 4.4
14,000–14,999 2.9 4.5 3.0 2.4 2.3 2.2
15,000–19,999 19.2 16.2 17.4 20.6 20.1 22.0
20,000–24,999 15.8 9.7 18.5 19.3 16.0 17.0
25,000 or more 15.5 4.9 15.2 16.8 21.2 21.0
Median family Social Security benefits (dollars) 15,199 11,582 15,199 16,399 16,922 17,492
Number (thousands) 4,259 994 639 898 1,000 728
NOTE: Per-capita family total money income quintile limits are $9,508, $13,599, $19,120, and $30,199.
Table 5.B7 Percentage distribution of persons in Social Security beneficiary families, by proportion of family income from Social Security and sex, 2004
Family Social Security
benefits (dollars)
Proportion of family income from Social Security
Less than 50 percent 50–89 percent 90–99 percent 100 percent
All
persons
Men Women All
persons
Men Women All
persons
Men Women All
persons
Men Women
Total percent 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
1–499 0.1 0.1 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
500–999 0.5 0.4 0.5 0 0 0 0.1 0 0.2 0.3 0 0.4
1,000–1,499 0.5 0.6 0.4 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0.1 0.2 0.1
1,500–1,999 0.9 1.0 0.7 0.1 0 0.1 0.2 0 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.3
2,000–2,499 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.1 0 0.1 0 0 0 0.1 0 0.1
2,500–2,999 0.8 0.7 0.9 0.1 0.1 0.1 0 0 0 0.4 0.1 0.6
3,000–3,499 1.0 0.9 1.0 0.1 0 0.1 0.3 0.4 0.2 0.4 0.3 0.4
3,500–3,999 0.9 0.6 1.1 0.2 0 0.2 0 0 0.1 0.9 0.5 1.1
4,000–4,499 1.5 1.3 1.7 0.4 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.4 0.7 0.2 1.0
4,500–4,999 1.0 0.5 1.5 0.5 0.3 0.6 0.3 0.1 0.4 0.9 0.2 1.2
5,000–5,999 2.7 1.3 3.9 1.6 0.7 2.3 1.2 1.2 1.1 3.0 1.9 3.6
6,000–6,999 3.7 2.4 4.9 2.3 1.5 3.0 2.3 1.1 3.0 4.3 3.8 4.5
7,000–7,999 4.6 3.6 5.6 2.9 1.8 3.7 4.7 1.8 6.4 7.4 5.4 8.5
8,000–8,999 4.1 3.4 4.8 2.7 1.7 3.5 1.9 0.7 2.5 4.6 3.0 5.5
9,000–9,999 4.8 3.7 5.8 4.1 2.1 5.5 5.4 3.3 6.6 8.2 6.4 9.1
10,000–10,999 5.2 4.3 6.1 4.8 3.6 5.7 5.3 3.8 6.3 7.8 5.3 9.1
11,000–11,999 5.3 4.8 5.7 4.9 3.6 5.8 7.0 4.2 8.6 8.1 8.5 7.8
12,000–12,999 6.8 7.3 6.4 6.1 4.9 6.9 7.4 6.3 8.0 8.9 9.1 8.8
13,000–13,999 5.6 6.3 4.9 5.2 4.2 5.9 7.2 5.7 8.1 5.3 5.3 5.3
14,000–14,999 3.5 4.0 3.1 3.9 4.2 3.7 3.6 3.4 3.6 4.5 4.8 4.3
15,000–19,999 20.5 23.9 17.5 25.7 29.1 23.3 24.6 29.3 21.9 19.5 26.1 15.9
20,000–24,999 14.7 16.5 13.0 21.0 25.8 17.5 18.0 24.1 14.4 10.3 12.9 9.0
25,000 or more 10.4 11.5 9.4 13.3 15.8 11.5 10.3 14.3 8.0 4.1 5.5 3.4
Median family Social Security benefits (dollars) 13,999 15,199 12,799 17,198 18,854 15,362 15,530 18,278 13,898 12,355 13,987 11,599
Number (thousands) 13,723 6,483 7,240 9,658 4,055 5,603 3,442 1,276 2,166 4,573 1,599 2,974
NOTE: Persons in families with zero total income or with negative total income, earnings, or income from assets are excluded.