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Child Beneficiariesa & Poverty
Released: March 2015
- At the end of 2013, 3.2 million children received Social Security benefits, about 6 percent of all beneficiaries.b
- Without Social Security benefits, more than twice as many child beneficiaries (approximately 750,000 children) would be living below the poverty level.
- Social Security is a major source of income for children whose insured parents die, become disabled, or retire.
Poverty Rates With and Without Social Security Benefits, 2009
SOURCE: Social Security Administration (SSA) calculations of 2009 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) data matched to SSA administrative data (most recent data available).
NOTE: Methodology adopted from Tamborini, Christopher R., and Emily Cupito. 2012. “Social Insurance and Children: The Relationship Between Social Security, Economic Well-Being, and Family Context among Child Recipients.” Journal of Children and Poverty, 18(1): 1–22.
a. Minor children of insured workers, excludes disabled adult children and students.