Indicators of Welfare Dependence: Annual Report to Congress, 2000. Table A-2. Trends in AFDC/TANF Average Monthly Payments, 1962 – 1998

03/01/2000

  Monthly Benefit per Recipient Average Number of Persons per Family Monthly Benefit per Family (not reduced by Child Support) Weighted Average 1 Monthly Benefit (per 3-person Family)
Fiscal Year Current Dollars 1998 Dollars Current Dollars 1998 Dollars Current Dollars 1998 Dollars
1962........... $31 $155 3.9 $121 $603 NA NA
1963........... 31 153 4.0 126 618 NA NA
1964........... 32 154 4.1 131 637 NA NA
1965........... 34 161 4.2 140 670 NA NA
1966........... 35 164 4.2 146 681 NA NA
1967........... 36 165 4.1 150 681 NA NA
1968........... 40 173 4.1 162 710 NA NA
1969........... 43 182 4.0 173 729 186 2 787
1970........... 46 184 3.9 178 716 194 2 781
1971........... 48 184 3.8 180 694 201 2 774
1972........... 51 191 3.6 187 696 205 2 763
1973........... 53 189 3.5 187 667 213 2 759
1974........... 57 186 3.4 194 637 229 2 752
1975........... 63 189 3.3 209 626 243 728
1976........... 71 199 3.2 226 633 257 720
1977........... 78 203 3.1 241 629 271 708
1978........... 83 203 3.0 249 613 284 696
1979........... 87 196 2.9 257 579 301 678
1980........... 94 190 2.9 274 554 320 648
1981........... 96 177 2.9 277 509 326 600
1982........... 103 177 2.9 300 516 331 569
1983........... 106 175 2.9 311 511 336 553
1984........... 110 174 2.9 321 507 352 555
1985........... 112 171 2.9 329 501 369 562
1986........... 116 172 2.9 339 503 383 569
1987........... 123 178 2.9 359 519 393 568
1988........... 127 177 2.9 370 514 404 561
1989........... 131 174 2.9 381 505 412 546
1990........... 135 170 2.9 389 491 421 531
1991........... 135 162 2.9 388 466 425 510
1992........... 136 159 2.9 389 453 419 488
1993........... 131 149 2.8 373 422 414 469
1994........... 134 147 2.8 376 415 420 458
1995........... 134 144 2.8 377 404 418 449
1996........... 135 140 2.8 374 390 422 440
1997 3........ 134 136 2.8 373 379 420 427
1998........... 132 132 2.8 364 364 431 431

1 The maximum benefit for a 3-person family in each state is weighted by that state’s share of total AFDC families.
2 Estimated based on the weighted average benefit for a 4-person family.
3 The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 repealed the AFDC program as of July 1, 1997 and replaced it with the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.
Note: AFDC benefit amounts have not been reduced by child support collections. Constant dollar adjustments to 1998 level were made using a CPI-U-X1 fiscal year price index.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Quarterly Public Assistance Statistics, 1992 & 1993 and earlier years along with unpublished data.

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