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Poverty[edit | edit source]

  1. Percent in poverty, by state, 2011-2013. Table 19. Census.gov poverty page.
  2. US poverty, 1990-2014.
  3. Household income, median. 1990-2014.
  4. Poverty, 1959-2012. Pew Research.
  5. Graph, poverty rates by race since 1959.
  6. Poverty rate, 2007 vs 2014. 2007 rate: 12.7%. 2014 rate: 15%.
  7. Poverty thresholds, from Census.gov.
  8. Poverty map of US.

Welfare[edit | edit source]

Welfare has several definitions:

  • If one person in a household receives help from a gov't program, then all people, adults and children, are counted as welfare recipients. Sometimes this even includes retired people who receive Social Security, veterans benefits, unemployment benefits!
  • If one person is on at least one welfare program (usually in a specified set of programs) they are counted.
  • Some people may compare welfare recipients vs "currently employed workers" which makes the welfare population look larger. Because the workers are the ones who are funding the people on welfare.

Be careful how the website defines who is on welfare.

  1. Welfare spending charts
  2. 2012 Census Data. 23% of households received some means-tested benefits.
  3. 2012 Census Data. 35% of people lived in households that received some type of "federal assistance". Note they didn't say "welfare".
  4. Public Assistance, 2000 vs 2012. Welfare includes Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and General Assistance (GA). TANF replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) in 1997 through the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, often referred to as “welfare reform.”
  5. 49% of Americans receive some sort of federal assistance. When you add pensions, unemployment, Social Security, and Medicare to the mix, the percentage of Americans relying on government for part or all of their subsistence is 49.5% of the American population.
  6. A Wisconsin uni student can get $41k in state and federal benefits.
  7. Welfare by state. By the Cato Institute.
    1. There are 126 programs just at the federal level for poor people.
    2. Includes chart for 2013 welfare by state.
  8. Number of people receiving food stamps. Monthly graph from 2008 to Jan 2016. Also has graph of % of people on food stamps from 1976 to 2015. Also has chart of number of people added to or subtracted from food stamp programs by year, highlighting each administration.
  9. Welfare fraud composes about 9% of welfare payments overall. Chart also shows fraud by program. Some programs have 20% fraud.
  10. List of US welfare programs.