Income of the Population 55 or Older, 2006

 

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 2007. 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

Social Security Income of Aged UnitsTable 5.A1 Percentage distribution of beneficiary units, by age, 2006
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 0.4 0.7 0.1 0 0.1 0 0.1
500–999 0.9 0.7 0.2 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.1
1,000–1,499 0.8 1.4 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.5 0.4
1,500–1,999 0.9 1.1 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.4 0.2
2,000–2,499 0.9 1.3 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.5
2,500–2,999 1.0 1.1 0.5 0.8 0.7 0.3 0.4
3,000–3,499 1.0 1.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.7
3,500–3,999 1.7 1.7 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.7
4,000–4,499 1.3 1.4 0.6 0.9 0.4 0.4 0.6
4,500–4,999 1.2 1.5 1.1 0.9 0.9 1.2 1.4
5,000–5,999 3.0 3.8 2.4 2.6 2.3 1.9 2.8
6,000–6,999 4.7 4.7 2.9 3.3 2.8 3.1 2.4
7,000–7,999 8.2 6.4 4.5 4.3 3.8 4.4 5.1
8,000–8,999 9.2 5.4 5.3 5.7 4.3 5.1 5.7
9,000–9,999 6.6 5.6 4.7 4.7 4.6 4.1 5.1
10,000–10,999 6.8 6.0 5.8 5.3 5.1 5.4 6.9
11,000–11,999 5.8 5.0 6.4 5.6 6.3 6.0 7.4
12,000–12,999 6.3 5.4 5.5 3.9 4.9 5.6 7.2
13,000–13,999 5.6 5.7 7.9 6.7 6.8 7.6 9.9
14,000–14,999 5.5 5.3 6.0 5.0 6.7 6.5 5.9
15,000–19,999 14.3 20.8 20.2 22.3 20.1 20.0 18.6
20,000–24,999 9.0 7.1 13.9 14.4 15.1 15.4 11.4
25,000 or more 5.2 6.2 9.9 11.2 12.5 10.4 6.5
Median Social Security benefits (dollars) 11,156 12,000 13,950 14,382 14,400 14,262 13,062
Number (thousands) 2,200 2,483 24,270 6,100 5,376 5,298 7,495
 
Social Security Income of Aged UnitsTable 5.A2 Percentage distribution of beneficiary units, by marital status and age, 2006
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 0.1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.7 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.2 0 0.1
500–999 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.4 0 0.1 0 1.3 1.1 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
1,000–1,499 1.0 1.6 0.2 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.5 1.1 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.7 0.5
1,500–1,999 0.9 0.5 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.8 1.7 0.3 0.5 0.3 0.5 0.2
2,000–2,499 1.2 1.0 0.4 0.7 0.4 0.4 0 0.5 1.7 0.6 0.4 0.9 0.6 0.7
2,500–2,999 0.4 1.2 0.4 0.6 0.5 0 0.3 1.9 0.9 0.6 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.4
3,000–3,499 1.6 2.4 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.9 0.8 0.9
3,500–3,999 1.3 1.9 0.2 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.2 2.2 1.4 0.9 0.7 1.0 0.7 0.9
4,000–4,499 1.0 1.4 0.4 0.8 0.2 0.2 0.3 1.5 1.5 0.7 0.9 0.6 0.6 0.7
4,500–4,999 1.3 1.8 0.5 0.9 0.3 0 0.4 1.0 1.2 1.6 0.8 1.5 2.0 1.8
5,000–5,999 3.1 2.7 1.2 1.9 0.9 0.5 1.1 2.9 5.0 3.3 3.4 3.6 2.9 3.5
6,000–6,999 3.9 4.2 1.5 1.7 1.5 2.2 0.8 5.7 5.2 3.8 5.0 3.9 3.9 3.0
7,000–7,999 6.2 4.9 1.7 1.8 2.1 1.3 1.2 10.7 8.0 6.4 7.1 5.2 6.7 6.6
8,000–8,999 5.9 2.5 1.4 2.0 1.1 1.6 0.7 13.4 8.5 8.0 9.9 7.3 7.7 7.6
9,000–9,999 4.7 3.7 1.5 1.9 1.0 1.0 2.3 9.1 7.6 6.9 7.8 7.9 6.3 6.2
10,000–10,999 6.1 4.7 2.3 3.5 1.1 2.0 2.3 7.6 7.4 8.2 7.2 8.7 7.9 8.6
11,000–11,999 6.6 3.7 2.7 3.7 2.7 1.5 2.7 4.8 6.5 9.0 7.8 9.6 9.3 9.2
12,000–12,999 6.1 5.6 2.4 2.4 2.3 1.5 3.5 6.5 5.2 7.7 5.7 7.2 8.6 8.6
13,000–13,999 5.7 4.9 3.6 4.8 3.2 3.5 2.7 5.5 6.6 10.9 8.8 10.0 10.7 12.6
14,000–14,999 6.1 5.4 4.3 4.3 4.9 5.0 2.9 4.7 5.2 7.1 5.7 8.3 7.6 7.1
15,000–19,999 15.9 22.1 24.7 23.6 24.2 25.1 26.4 12.3 19.4 17.0 20.8 16.5 16.3 15.6
20,000–24,999 11.7 11.4 28.2 23.4 27.6 31.1 33.4 5.5 2.3 3.6 4.3 3.8 3.7 3.1
25,000 or more 8.6 10.8 21.6 20.5 25.2 22.2 18.4 0.7 1.2 1.5 0.7 1.1 1.7 1.9
Median Social Security benefits (dollars) 12,450 13,902 19,956 18,390 20,400 20,262 20,124 9,696 10,662 11,862 11,622 11,802 11,862 11,862
Number (thousands) 1,230 1,298 10,094 3,219 2,544 2,260 2,071 969 1,184 14,176 2,882 2,831 3,038 5,425
 
Social Security Income of Units 65 or OlderTable 5.A3 Percentage distribution of beneficiary units, by race, Hispanic origin, and marital status, 2006
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 0 0 0.4 0 0.7 0 0 0
500–999 0.2 0.1 0.2 0 0 0 0.4 0.9 0 0.1 0 0.2
1,000–1,499 0.4 0.2 0.5 0.6 0.2 0.8 0.9 1.1 0.8 0.1 0 0.1
1,500–1,999 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.3 1.0 0 2.0 0.1 0 0.2
2,000–2,499 0.5 0.4 0.6 0.7 0.2 0.8 1.1 0 2.2 0.9 0 1.4
2,500–2,999 0.5 0.3 0.6 0.8 0.7 0.9 0.5 0.7 0.2 0.6 0.8 0.5
3,000–3,499 0.6 0.2 0.8 0.9 0.5 1.0 0.3 0.5 0.1 0.6 0.4 0.8
3,500–3,999 0.6 0.2 0.8 0.8 0.1 1.1 0.4 0 0.7 0.9 0.7 1.0
4,000–4,499 0.5 0.4 0.5 1.4 0.3 1.8 2.4 2.5 2.4 0.3 0.3 0.4
4,500–4,999 1.0 0.4 1.5 1.6 1.1 1.8 1.5 0.3 2.7 2.9 1.9 3.5
5,000–5,999 2.2 1.0 3.0 4.3 2.4 5.1 3.2 1.8 4.5 5.9 2.3 8.1
6,000–6,999 2.6 1.5 3.4 5.8 2.3 7.1 1.7 1.8 1.6 4.2 1.9 5.5
7,000–7,999 4.0 1.5 5.8 9.0 3.1 11.3 4.6 3.4 5.8 8.9 5.1 11.2
8,000–8,999 4.8 1.3 7.3 8.6 1.2 11.4 9.5 3.8 15.1 10.7 4.4 14.5
9,000–9,999 4.4 1.4 6.5 7.8 2.2 9.9 4.4 3.5 5.2 7.7 3.9 10.0
10,000–10,999 5.5 2.1 8.0 7.7 4.1 9.1 7.2 2.9 11.4 9.6 6.4 11.5
11,000–11,999 6.1 2.3 9.0 9.3 8.8 9.5 6.8 4.7 8.9 6.8 5.4 7.7
12,000–12,999 5.7 2.3 8.3 4.0 2.5 4.5 5.5 5.4 5.6 4.9 2.4 6.3
13,000–13,999 8.2 3.4 11.7 6.3 7.1 6.0 4.9 3.1 6.6 4.4 5.0 4.0
14,000–14,999 6.2 4.3 7.6 4.6 5.8 4.2 4.8 4.6 5.0 5.0 6.0 4.4
15,000–19,999 21.0 24.8 18.1 13.7 24.1 9.7 16.5 20.4 12.7 12.7 24.3 5.8
20,000–24,999 14.6 29.0 3.8 7.7 21.0 2.7 12.4 20.7 4.2 7.9 17.3 2.2
25,000 or more 10.5 22.5 1.5 4.0 11.7 1.1 9.7 18.0 1.6 4.8 11.7 0.6
Median Social Security benefits (dollars) 14,262 20,124 12,000 10,863 16,284 9,582 12,402 17,502 10,662 10,662 15,462 9,402
Number (thousands) 21,176 9,071 12,105 2,154 590 1,564 589 293 296 1,417 531 886
 
Social Security Income of Units 65 or OlderTable 5.A4 Percentage distribution of beneficiary units, by marital status and quintile of total money income, 2006
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 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.6 0 0 0 0.1
500–999 0.7 0 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.4 0 0.3 0 0.2 0.8 0.1 0 0.1 0.1
1,000–1,499 1.6 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.5 0 0.1 0.3 0.3 2.4 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.3
1,500–1,999 0.7 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.2 0 0.1 0.5 1.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.4
2,000–2,499 1.2 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.2 0.2 0.8 1.9 0.3 0.5 0.7 0.1
2,500–2,999 1.4 0.4 0 0.5 0.5 0.6 0 0.2 0.4 0.7 2.0 0.2 0.5 0.1 0.7
3,000–3,499 1.6 0.5 0.2 0.4 0.3 0.3 0 0.5 0.2 0.1 2.4 0.4 0.7 0.4 0.7
3,500–3,999 1.7 0.5 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.5 0 0.1 0.1 0.3 2.4 0.4 0.8 0.4 0.7
4,000–4,499 1.4 0.4 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.6 0.4 0.5 2.2 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.4
4,500–4,999 3.8 1.0 0.4 0.5 0.3 1.1 0.7 0.2 0.2 0.2 5.9 0.6 1.3 0.4 0.7
5,000–5,999 8.3 1.3 1.2 0.9 1.6 2.6 0.3 0.8 1.1 1.3 12.4 1.4 1.5 1.8 1.9
6,000–6,999 9.3 1.8 1.4 1.7 1.2 3.6 1.1 1.2 0.9 1.1 13.1 2.4 1.7 2.0 2.0
7,000–7,999 14.6 3.3 3.1 1.4 1.7 4.2 1.8 0.6 1.2 1.0 21.3 3.9 3.8 4.1 2.7
8,000–8,999 18.4 4.3 2.9 1.6 1.4 3.0 1.0 1.3 1.0 0.9 27.3 6.1 4.9 4.0 2.5
9,000–9,999 13.8 3.9 3.2 2.3 1.6 3.1 1.5 1.3 0.8 1.2 4.0 17.1 3.8 4.1 4.4
10,000–10,999 15.2 5.6 4.4 2.6 2.5 3.5 1.2 2.0 2.4 2.7 0 23.1 5.4 6.6 3.2
11,000–11,999 5.9 13.0 6.1 3.8 2.7 5.1 2.3 1.6 2.6 2.4 0 20.2 7.7 8.9 5.5
12,000–12,999 0.1 13.9 5.1 4.3 2.8 3.9 1.9 2.2 1.8 2.4 0.1 12.3 9.7 7.4 6.8
13,000–13,999 0 17.4 8.6 6.6 5.0 5.5 2.2 3.9 3.5 3.4 0 10.8 16.8 13.1 11.0
14,000–14,999 0 11.2 6.6 6.1 4.6 8.4 2.9 3.4 3.6 3.9 0 0 15.2 9.7 9.1
15,000–19,999 0 20.9 28.5 24.7 23.0 40.2 23.7 20.8 18.3 22.0 0 0 25.0 26.6 30.1
20,000–24,999 0.1 0 21.9 24.0 21.5 12.7 41.4 33.0 30.2 20.8 0 0.1 0 7.4 10.3
25,000 or more 0 0 5.0 16.9 27.2 0 16.6 25.7 30.9 33.3 0 0 0 1.3 6.1
Median Social Security benefits (dollars) 8,262 12,942 15,600 17,964 19,524 15,324 20,928 21,324 21,804 20,862 7,062 10,662 13,266 13,266 14,400
Number (thousands) 4,128 5,195 5,187 5,071 4,689 1,826 2,156 2,151 2,039 1,922 2,247 3,070 3,060 3,030 2,769
NOTE: Quintile limits are $11,519, $18,622, $28,911, and $50,064 for all units; $22,083, $32,000, $45,796, and $76,746 for married couples; and $9,330, $13,374, $19,062, and $30,202 for nonmarried persons.
Social Security Income of Units 65 or OlderTable 5.A5 Percentage distribution of Social Security beneficiary units, by proportion of aged unit income from Social Security and marital status, 2006
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 0 0.1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0.2 0 0.2
500–999 0.2 0.2 0.2 0 0 0 0.2 0 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.2
1,000–1,499 0.5 0.4 0.7 0.1 0 0.2 0.1 0.4 0 0.8 0.3 1.0
1,500–1,999 0.6 0.5 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 0 0.4
2,000–2,499 1.1 0.8 1.4 0 0 0.1 0.5 0.4 0.6 0.4 0 0.5
2,500–2,999 1.0 0.7 1.4 0.1 0 0.2 0 0 0 0.5 0.4 0.6
3,000–3,499 1.1 0.4 1.9 0.2 0 0.4 0.1 0 0.2 0.4 0 0.5
3,500–3,999 1.0 0.3 1.8 0.2 0 0.4 0.3 0 0.4 0.6 0.4 0.6
4,000–4,499 1.1 0.9 1.5 0.4 0 0.6 0.1 0 0.1 0.2 0 0.3
4,500–4,999 1.4 0.7 2.3 0.6 0.1 1.0 0.6 0 0.8 1.6 0.9 1.8
5,000–5,999 2.9 1.8 4.2 1.4 0.1 2.4 1.4 0.5 1.8 3.7 1.8 4.2
6,000–6,999 3.2 2.2 4.3 2.3 0.8 3.5 2.0 1.5 2.3 3.2 1.0 3.9
7,000–7,999 4.4 2.3 6.9 3.5 0.6 5.6 3.6 1.6 4.7 6.5 2.4 7.7
8,000–8,999 3.8 2.0 6.1 4.0 0.7 6.4 5.5 1.9 7.4 9.4 0.8 11.8
9,000–9,999 4.0 2.2 6.2 3.5 0.8 5.4 4.9 1.3 6.8 7.4 0.9 9.3
10,000–10,999 4.5 3.5 5.7 4.6 1.1 7.2 7.5 0.5 11.1 8.7 2.0 10.7
11,000–11,999 5.2 3.7 7.0 6.0 1.3 9.4 6.7 2.0 9.2 8.9 3.3 10.5
12,000–12,999 4.9 3.4 6.7 5.9 0.9 9.5 6.9 1.3 9.7 5.2 3.1 5.8
13,000–13,999 7.2 5.1 9.7 8.0 1.3 12.9 8.4 2.9 11.2 8.8 4.6 10.0
14,000–14,999 6.0 5.0 7.2 6.4 2.8 9.0 5.5 3.6 6.4 5.6 6.0 5.5
15,000–19,999 20.8 23.1 18.0 22.3 24.7 20.5 21.9 25.0 20.3 15.4 30.7 10.9
20,000–24,999 14.2 22.0 4.7 18.0 37.5 3.8 13.6 31.6 4.4 7.4 25.9 2.0
25,000 or more 10.8 18.8 1.2 12.3 27.3 1.5 10.2 25.5 2.4 4.5 15.1 1.4
Median Social Security benefits (dollars) 14,262 17,862 11,814 15,462 21,834 12,702 14,220 21,108 12,282 11,862 18,794 10,662
Number (thousands) 8,823 4,834 3,989 7,552 3,176 4,377 2,590 877 1,713 5,238 1,182 4,056
NOTE: Units with zero total income or with negative total income, earnings, or income from assets are excluded.
Family Social Security Income of Aged PersonsTable 5.B1 Percentage distribution of persons in Social Security beneficiary families, by sex and age, 2006
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 0.3 0.5 0 0.1 0.9 0 0.4 0.3 0.1
500–999 0.6 0.7 0.1 0.2 0.6 0.1 0.8 0.7 0.1
1,000–1,499 0.8 1.1 0.3 0.7 1.7 0.3 0.9 0.7 0.3
1,500–1,999 0.6 0.5 0.3 0.7 0.3 0.2 0.5 0.7 0.3
2,000–2,499 1.1 1.2 0.5 1.0 0.7 0.4 1.1 1.5 0.5
2,500–2,999 0.9 1.0 0.4 0.6 1.0 0.4 1.2 1.0 0.5
3,000–3,499 1.3 1.5 0.5 1.5 2.0 0.3 1.1 1.2 0.6
3,500–3,999 0.9 1.6 0.5 1.1 1.5 0.4 0.8 1.7 0.5
4,000–4,499 1.3 1.1 0.5 1.1 1.5 0.5 1.4 0.9 0.5
4,500–4,999 1.4 1.1 0.9 1.7 1.9 0.7 1.3 0.5 1.1
5,000–5,999 2.7 2.8 2.0 2.7 3.0 1.6 2.8 2.7 2.3
6,000–6,999 3.6 3.9 2.4 3.4 4.0 1.8 3.8 3.8 2.9
7,000–7,999 6.5 4.7 3.7 6.9 5.3 2.2 6.2 4.4 4.8
8,000–8,999 7.1 4.0 4.0 8.6 3.8 2.5 6.2 4.1 5.2
9,000–9,999 5.1 4.3 3.8 6.1 3.9 2.8 4.5 4.6 4.5
10,000–10,999 5.8 5.2 4.5 5.9 5.8 3.6 5.7 4.8 5.2
11,000–11,999 6.1 4.2 5.1 6.8 5.3 3.7 5.6 3.6 6.0
12,000–12,999 5.9 4.7 4.5 6.4 5.7 3.5 5.6 4.0 5.3
13,000–13,999 6.7 5.5 6.4 7.1 4.6 5.8 6.5 6.1 6.9
14,000–14,999 6.2 5.8 5.2 5.5 6.6 5.2 6.6 5.2 5.2
15,000–19,999 18.3 21.4 21.0 16.3 20.7 24.1 19.5 21.8 18.6
20,000–24,999 10.6 11.8 18.5 9.3 9.7 22.4 11.4 13.2 15.6
25,000 or more 6.1 11.2 14.9 6.3 9.4 17.6 6.0 12.5 12.9
Median family Social Security benefits (dollars) 12,562 14,046 15,702 12,000 13,062 17,862 13,032 14,400 14,262
Number (thousands) 5,221 4,361 32,399 1,963 1,756 13,728 3,258 2,605 18,671
 
Family Social Security Income of Persons 65 or OlderTable 5.B2 Percentage distribution of persons in Social Security beneficiary families, by sex and age, 2006
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 0.1 0 0.1 0.1 0 0 0 0 0.2 0 0.1
500–999 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.3 0 0.1 0 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
1,000–1,499 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5
1,500–1,999 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.4 0.1 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.2
2,000–2,499 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.5 0.6
2,500–2,999 0.5 0.6 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.5 0 0.4 0.5 0.7 0.3 0.3
3,000–3,499 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.7 0.7
3,500–3,999 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.3 0.5 0.2 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.6
4,000–4,499 0.6 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.8 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.6
4,500–4,999 0.8 0.9 0.9 1.1 0.9 0.9 0.1 0.7 0.6 0.8 1.5 1.3
5,000–5,999 2.2 1.7 1.7 2.3 2.1 1.4 1.0 1.6 2.3 2.0 2.2 2.8
6,000–6,999 2.8 2.4 2.5 2.1 2.0 1.8 2.3 1.0 3.5 2.8 2.6 2.7
7,000–7,999 3.6 3.3 3.5 4.3 2.0 2.3 2.2 2.4 5.1 4.0 4.5 5.3
8,000–8,999 4.1 3.2 4.3 4.6 3.0 2.1 2.6 2.2 5.0 4.0 5.6 5.9
9,000–9,999 3.7 3.7 3.2 4.3 3.0 2.2 2.5 3.2 4.3 4.9 3.8 4.9
10,000–10,999 3.9 4.0 4.3 5.8 3.9 2.6 3.5 4.4 4.0 5.2 4.9 6.6
11,000–11,999 4.2 4.9 4.8 6.3 3.7 4.4 3.1 3.7 4.6 5.3 6.1 7.8
12,000–12,999 3.2 3.8 4.7 6.4 2.9 3.0 3.0 5.2 3.4 4.5 6.0 7.1
13,000–13,999 5.1 5.6 6.2 8.7 5.2 5.1 5.9 7.5 5.0 6.1 6.4 9.4
14,000–14,999 4.4 5.7 5.6 5.1 4.9 5.7 5.7 4.5 4.0 5.7 5.5 5.5
15,000–19,999 21.4 20.8 21.7 20.0 25.6 23.2 23.0 24.3 17.8 19.0 20.7 17.5
20,000–24,999 19.2 20.3 19.1 15.7 19.7 22.5 24.8 23.6 18.7 18.6 14.8 11.2
25,000 or more 18.0 16.6 14.7 10.4 17.2 20.4 18.4 14.2 18.7 13.5 11.8 8.3
Median family Social Security benefits (dollars) 16,662 16,644 16,278 14,262 16,998 18,618 18,792 17,502 16,416 15,324 14,346 13,062
Number (thousands) 8,993 7,639 6,990 8,777 4,171 3,377 3,012 3,167 4,822 4,262 3,977 5,609
 
Family Social Security Income of Persons 65 or OlderTable 5.B3 Percentage distribution of persons in Social Security beneficiary families, by sex and marital status, 2006
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 0.2 0 0.1 0 0 0.5 0 0.1 0.1 0 0
500–999 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 0.2 0.4 0
1,000–1,499 0.2 0.5 0.5 0.2 1.4 0.2 0.5 0.2 0.1 2.8 0.1 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.2
1,500–1,999 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.4 0.2 0.1 0 0 0.9 0.2 0.4 0.3 0.9 0
2,000–2,499 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.9 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.2 0.3 0.7 0.6 0.7 1.4
2,500–2,999 0.3 0.6 0.5 0.6 1.0 0.4 0.6 0.3 0.6 0.9 0.2 0.7 0.6 0.6 1.2
3,000–3,499 0.2 0.8 0.6 1.1 1.4 0.2 0.6 0.5 1.1 0 0.2 0.8 0.7 1.1 2.6
3,500–3,999 0.2 0.8 0.7 0.9 0.9 0.2 0.8 0.7 1.4 0.4 0.2 0.8 0.7 0.6 1.4
4,000–4,499 0.4 0.7 0.4 0.8 1.4 0.4 0.6 0.3 1.0 0 0.3 0.7 0.5 0.7 2.6
4,500–4,999 0.5 1.4 1.3 1.3 2.0 0.5 1.2 0.9 1.2 2.4 0.5 1.5 1.4 1.4 1.6
5,000–5,999 1.1 3.1 2.3 4.1 5.1 1.1 2.8 1.9 2.0 6.3 1.1 3.2 2.4 5.4 4.0
6,000–6,999 1.5 3.6 2.9 4.1 6.2 1.6 2.4 1.5 1.6 6.1 1.5 4.0 3.2 5.6 6.2
7,000–7,999 1.7 6.2 5.3 6.7 11.2 1.7 3.7 2.9 3.4 7.3 1.8 7.0 5.9 8.5 14.5
8,000–8,999 1.4 7.4 6.9 8.4 7.6 1.4 5.5 5.2 4.5 7.7 1.4 8.0 7.3 10.7 7.6
9,000–9,999 1.6 6.5 6.0 8.3 6.5 1.5 6.1 4.8 6.7 8.4 1.6 6.7 6.2 9.3 4.9
10,000–10,999 2.0 7.8 7.6 8.5 8.1 2.2 7.5 8.2 6.2 7.8 1.7 7.9 7.4 9.8 8.3
11,000–11,999 2.3 8.6 8.9 7.4 8.2 2.5 7.1 5.4 8.2 8.1 2.0 9.1 9.7 6.9 8.3
12,000–12,999 2.2 7.4 8.7 5.8 3.5 2.4 6.5 9.4 4.1 3.0 2.0 7.7 8.5 6.8 3.8
13,000–13,999 3.0 10.8 12.3 9.0 4.5 3.5 12.2 14.5 12.6 5.8 2.3 10.3 11.8 7.0 3.3
14,000–14,999 3.9 6.8 7.3 5.7 5.6 4.2 7.7 8.9 6.9 5.2 3.4 6.4 7.0 5.0 5.9
15,000–19,999 23.8 17.3 17.8 18.1 13.3 24.5 23.3 23.4 27.8 15.7 23.0 15.3 16.5 12.4 11.2
20,000–24,999 29.2 5.0 4.9 5.2 5.7 28.1 6.7 6.2 7.6 7.2 30.6 4.5 4.6 3.8 4.5
25,000 or more 23.9 3.5 3.8 2.3 4.9 22.6 3.5 4.1 2.7 3.2 25.5 3.5 3.7 2.1 6.4
Median family Social Security benefits (dollars) 20,364 12,000 12,462 11,442 10,662 20,084 13,062 13,062 13,446 10,800 20,786 11,862 12,126 10,302 10,164
Number (thousands) 18,064 14,335 9,803 2,714 1,088 10,085 3,642 1,803 1,002 502 7,979 10,692 8,001 1,712 587
 
Family Social Security Income of Persons 65 or OlderTable 5.B4 Percentage distribution of persons in Social Security beneficiary families, by race, Hispanic origin, and sex, 2006
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 0.1 0 0 0 0.3 0.2 0.4 0 0 0
500–999 0.1 0.1 0.1 0 0 0 0.3 0.7 0 0.1 0 0.1
1,000–1,499 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.0 0.9 1.1 0.2 0.2 0.1
1,500–1,999 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.5 1.0 0.1 1.6 0.1 0 0.1
2,000–2,499 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.6 0.3 0.8 0.8 0 1.3 0.7 0.8 0.6
2,500–2,999 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.8 1.1 0.6 0.3 0.6 0.1 0.8 1.3 0.4
3,000–3,499 0.5 0.3 0.6 0.7 0.5 0.9 0.2 0.4 0 0.7 0.4 1.0
3,500–3,999 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.3 0.8 0 0 0 0.9 0.4 1.3
4,000–4,499 0.4 0.4 0.4 1.0 0.7 1.2 2.1 1.8 2.3 0.3 0.2 0.4
4,500–4,999 0.8 0.6 1.0 1.4 1.7 1.3 1.2 0.3 1.8 2.0 2.3 1.7
5,000–5,999 1.8 1.4 2.1 3.7 3.3 4.0 2.5 1.9 3.0 5.0 3.1 6.3
6,000–6,999 2.2 1.6 2.6 5.1 3.1 6.4 1.3 1.6 1.1 3.8 3.1 4.3
7,000–7,999 3.3 1.9 4.3 7.8 4.5 9.9 4.3 3.2 5.1 7.6 6.0 8.7
8,000–8,999 3.7 2.3 4.6 6.5 2.8 8.9 7.9 5.9 9.3 8.3 6.4 9.7
9,000–9,999 3.5 2.6 4.3 6.3 4.4 7.5 3.7 3.8 3.7 6.5 6.0 6.9
10,000–10,999 4.3 3.2 5.0 7.0 7.3 6.8 5.8 4.3 6.9 8.0 6.3 9.3
11,000–11,999 4.7 3.3 5.8 8.7 8.6 8.7 5.4 4.1 6.4 5.7 4.5 6.5
12,000–12,999 4.6 3.5 5.5 3.6 2.9 4.1 4.9 4.4 5.2 4.2 4.3 4.2
13,000–13,999 6.6 5.7 7.2 5.6 7.9 4.2 4.4 4.2 4.5 4.1 5.0 3.5
14,000–14,999 5.3 5.1 5.4 4.3 6.3 3.0 4.7 4.8 4.6 4.7 5.7 3.9
15,000–19,999 21.5 24.5 19.2 16.7 21.2 13.7 17.0 19.6 15.1 16.7 21.0 13.6
20,000–24,999 19.3 23.3 16.3 11.6 14.0 10.0 15.0 18.1 12.9 11.5 14.1 9.6
25,000 or more 15.6 18.4 13.6 6.9 8.5 5.9 16.0 19.2 13.7 8.3 8.9 7.9
Median family Social Security benefits (dollars) 16,224 18,198 14,646 11,862 13,956 10,950 14,262 16,926 13,062 11,862 13,968 10,662
Number (thousands) 28,533 12,172 16,361 2,600 1,018 1,582 821 337 484 1,872 788 1,084
 
Family Social Security Income of Persons 65 or OlderTable 5.B5 Percentage distribution of persons in Social Security beneficiary families, by quintile of per-capita total family money income, 2006
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 0.1 0 0 0 0.1
500–999 0.1 0.4 0.1 0.1 0 0.1
1,000–1,499 0.3 1.0 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.4
1,500–1,999 0.3 0.6 0.1 0.3 0.2 0.2
2,000–2,499 0.5 0.9 0.3 0.2 0.5 0.4
2,500–2,999 0.4 1.2 0.1 0.3 0.2 0.5
3,000–3,499 0.5 1.0 0.3 0.5 0.3 0.3
3,500–3,999 0.5 1.1 0.2 0.4 0.2 0.4
4,000–4,499 0.5 1.0 0.2 0.6 0.3 0.4
4,500–4,999 0.9 2.4 0.5 0.8 0.4 0.6
5,000–5,999 2.0 5.6 1.2 1.0 1.4 1.5
6,000–6,999 2.4 6.4 1.4 1.5 1.8 1.4
7,000–7,999 3.7 9.9 2.9 2.3 2.2 2.0
8,000–8,999 4.0 10.2 3.7 2.5 2.6 2.1
9,000–9,999 3.8 8.8 2.9 2.5 2.6 2.7
10,000–10,999 4.5 6.2 7.0 3.7 3.3 2.5
11,000–11,999 5.1 3.2 9.1 4.3 5.1 3.3
12,000–12,999 4.5 3.1 6.8 4.4 4.2 3.8
13,000–13,999 6.4 3.5 8.3 6.5 7.9 5.6
14,000–14,999 5.2 5.2 4.9 4.6 5.7 5.5
15,000–19,999 21.0 22.7 14.7 25.4 19.8 22.6
20,000–24,999 18.5 4.5 25.5 21.1 22.0 17.4
25,000 or more 14.9 1.0 9.6 17.1 19.1 26.5
Median family Social Security benefits (dollars) 15,702 9,882 14,898 17,124 17,610 18,000
Number (thousands) 32,399 5,819 6,806 6,823 6,614 6,337
NOTE: Per-capita family total money income quintile limits are $10,466, $15,183, $21,411, and $34,193.
Family Social Security Income of Persons 65 or OlderTable 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, 2006
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 0.4 0 0 0 0.1
500–999 0.2 0.6 0.1 0.1 0 0
1,000–1,499 0.6 2.0 0.2 0.1 0.4 0.4
1,500–1,999 0.3 0.8 0.1 0 0.4 0.2
2,000–2,499 0.6 1.5 0.3 0.3 0.8 0.1
2,500–2,999 0.8 2.2 0.2 0.5 0.1 1.0
3,000–3,499 0.8 1.8 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
3,500–3,999 0.9 2.4 0.7 0.4 0.5 0.9
4,000–4,499 0.7 1.9 0 0.5 0.6 0.5
4,500–4,999 1.4 4.3 0.4 1.5 0.5 0.8
5,000–5,999 3.0 9.4 1.4 1.7 1.4 1.9
6,000–6,999 3.8 11.1 1.9 2.3 2.2 1.9
7,000–7,999 6.0 17.4 3.8 4.0 2.8 2.7
8,000–8,999 7.0 19.6 5.9 4.4 3.3 2.5
9,000–9,999 6.6 16.3 5.2 3.7 4.4 4.2
10,000–10,999 7.8 7.8 15.6 5.9 4.9 3.1
11,000–11,999 9.1 0.1 20.5 8.0 9.1 5.5
12,000–12,999 8.1 0.2 14.8 9.1 7.9 6.9
13,000–13,999 11.6 0 18.7 11.7 15.5 10.2
14,000–14,999 7.2 0 8.6 7.7 10.4 8.6
15,000–19,999 18.0 0 1.0 35.8 24.7 30.4
20,000–24,999 3.9 0.2 0 1.6 7.6 11.0
25,000 or more 1.6 0 0 0 2.0 6.7
Median family Social Security benefits (dollars) 12,000 7,542 11,862 13,254 13,254 14,500
Number (thousands) 10,735 2,013 2,427 2,202 2,161 1,932
Persons in 2-person beneficiary families
Total percent 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
1–499 0 0 0 0 0 0
500–999 0.1 0.3 0 0.1 0 0.1
1,000–1,499 0.2 0.3 0 0.1 0 0.4
1,500–1,999 0.2 0.4 0.1 0.4 0.1 0.2
2,000–2,499 0.4 0.7 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.7
2,500–2,999 0.2 0.5 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.4
3,000–3,499 0.3 0.7 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.1
3,500–3,999 0.2 0.5 0 0.2 0.1 0.1
4,000–4,499 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.6 0.2 0.4
4,500–4,999 0.5 1.3 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.2
5,000–5,999 1.3 3.2 0.7 0.8 1.3 1.2
6,000–6,999 1.5 3.8 0.8 0.9 1.3 1.2
7,000–7,999 2.2 5.6 2.0 0.9 1.7 1.6
8,000–8,999 2.0 4.2 1.6 1.4 1.9 1.5
9,000–9,999 2.0 4.3 1.4 1.3 1.5 2.0
10,000–10,999 2.5 4.7 1.9 2.1 2.2 1.9
11,000–11,999 2.6 4.9 2.0 2.1 2.6 2.2
12,000–12,999 2.7 4.9 2.3 1.9 2.4 2.5
13,000–13,999 3.8 6.3 2.0 3.9 4.0 3.1
14,000–14,999 4.2 9.6 2.5 2.9 2.8 4.1
15,000–19,999 23.2 38.5 23.9 21.2 16.3 19.2
20,000–24,999 27.8 4.9 43.9 33.0 32.6 20.4
25,000 or more 21.8 0 13.6 25.3 28.0 36.6
Median family Social Security benefits (dollars) 19,902 14,184 20,760 21,132 21,420 21,600
Number (thousands) 17,431 2,849 3,559 3,768 3,518 3,737
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 0.2 0
500–999 0 0 0.2 0 0 0
1,000–1,499 0.5 0.7 0.9 0 0.3 0.3
1,500–1,999 0.4 0.4 0 0.4 0.3 0.7
2,000–2,499 0.4 0 0.4 0.2 1.2 0.1
2,500–2,999 0.5 1.2 0 0.4 0.2 0.4
3,000–3,499 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.9 0.2 0.2
3,500–3,999 0.3 0.3 0 1.0 0 0.3
4,000–4,499 0.7 1.2 1.2 0.3 0.5 0.2
4,500–4,999 1.0 1.6 0.7 0.5 0.6 1.9
5,000–5,999 2.2 4.4 2.6 0.4 1.8 1.5
6,000–6,999 2.8 4.5 2.5 2.1 3.0 1.7
7,000–7,999 4.0 7.0 4.2 3.6 2.3 2.5
8,000–8,999 4.8 8.0 6.2 2.3 3.3 3.9
9,000–9,999 3.9 6.8 2.8 4.5 2.6 2.0
10,000–10,999 5.0 7.1 3.9 5.5 3.8 4.0
11,000–11,999 4.8 4.7 6.0 4.8 5.2 3.0
12,000–12,999 3.1 4.0 3.0 3.0 2.7 2.3
13,000–13,999 4.5 2.6 4.8 4.5 4.9 6.1
14,000–14,999 4.2 3.3 4.1 4.2 5.3 4.0
15,000–19,999 19.2 23.2 15.1 17.0 21.2 18.7
20,000–24,999 17.1 12.8 21.0 19.2 15.2 18.6
25,000 or more 20.2 5.9 20.2 25.2 25.2 27.5
Median family Social Security benefits (dollars) 16,638 12,312 16,839 18,318 17,862 18,838
Number (thousands) 4,233 958 820 853 934 668
NOTE: Per-capita family total money income quintile limits are $10,466, $15,183, $21,411, and $34,193.
Family Social Security Income of Persons 65 or OlderTable 5.B7 Percentage distribution of persons in Social Security beneficiary families, by proportion of family income from Social Security and sex, 2006
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 0 0 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0.1 0 0.2
500–999 0.1 0.2 0.1 0 0 0 0.2 0 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2
1,000–1,499 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.1 0.1 0 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.7 0.4 0.8
1,500–1,999 0.5 0.3 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 0.3 0.1
2,000–2,499 0.8 0.8 0.9 0 0 0.1 0.5 0.3 0.7 0.3 0 0.4
2,500–2,999 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.1 0 0.1 0 0 0 0.5 0.6 0.5
3,000–3,499 0.8 0.6 1.0 0.2 0 0.3 0.1 0.1 0 0.3 0.1 0.4
3,500–3,999 0.7 0.5 0.9 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0 0.2 0.5 0.6 0.5
4,000–4,499 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.2 0.2 0.3 0 0 0 0.3 0 0.4
4,500–4,999 1.2 0.8 1.6 0.5 0.2 0.7 0.3 0.1 0.3 1.3 1.9 1.0
5,000–5,999 2.6 2.2 2.9 1.1 0.5 1.5 1.2 0.8 1.4 2.8 2.2 3.1
6,000–6,999 2.9 2.1 3.6 1.8 1.1 2.2 1.4 1.2 1.6 2.7 2.0 3.1
7,000–7,999 4.2 2.6 5.5 2.4 0.9 3.4 3.3 1.7 4.2 5.3 4.2 5.9
8,000–8,999 4.2 2.8 5.3 2.8 1.7 3.7 4.0 3.4 4.4 6.2 2.4 8.2
9,000–9,999 4.0 3.2 4.7 2.6 1.5 3.3 3.7 2.3 4.6 5.6 4.4 6.2
10,000–10,999 4.4 3.8 4.9 3.3 2.4 4.0 4.8 2.6 6.0 7.3 6.3 7.8
11,000–11,999 4.9 4.1 5.7 4.2 2.9 5.2 5.3 2.4 7.0 7.1 5.4 8.0
12,000–12,999 4.4 3.8 5.0 4.2 2.7 5.3 5.4 3.5 6.5 4.8 4.3 5.1
13,000–13,999 6.3 6.2 6.5 5.8 4.9 6.4 6.1 3.4 7.7 8.4 8.5 8.3
14,000–14,999 5.2 6.2 4.4 4.9 4.0 5.5 4.4 3.9 4.7 6.1 4.7 6.8
15,000–19,999 19.8 23.1 16.8 22.7 24.8 21.1 23.8 26.7 22.2 19.4 24.9 16.4
20,000–24,999 16.6 19.1 14.5 24.0 29.4 20.2 19.1 25.5 15.5 12.3 16.5 10.1
25,000 or more 14.2 15.8 12.9 19.0 22.5 16.5 15.9 21.6 12.7 7.7 10.1 6.4
Median family Social Security benefits (dollars) 15,213 16,524 13,542 18,570 20,262 16,662 16,470 19,200 15,030 13,200 15,324 12,636
Number (thousands) 14,772 6,848 7,924 9,821 4,084 5,737 3,031 1,106 1,924 4,691 1,655 3,037
NOTE: Persons in families with zero total income or with negative total income, earnings, or income from assets are excluded.