Indicators of Welfare Dependence: Annual Report to Congress, 2003. Table FSP 3. Characteristics of Food Stamp Households, 1980 - 2001 [In percent]

03/01/2003

  Year 1
  1980 1984 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2001
1 Data were gathered in August in the years 1980-84 and during the summer in the years from 1986 to 1994. Reports from 1995 to the present are based on fiscal year averages.
2 Public assistance income includes AFDC, SSI, and general assistance.
3 Elderly members and heads of household include those of age 60 or older.
* Less than 0.5 percent.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Analysis, Nutrition, and Evaluation, Characteristics of Food Stamp Households, Fiscal Year 2001 and earlier years.
With Gross Monthly Income:
Below the Federal Poverty Levels. 87 93 92 92 92 90 91 90 89 89
Between the Poverty Levels and 130 Percent of the Poverty Levels 10 6 8 8 8 9 8 9 10 10
Above 130 Percent of Poverty. 2 1 * * * 1 1 1 1 1
With Earnings. 19 19 20 19 21 21 23 26 27 27
With Public Assistance Income 2 65 71 72 73 66 69 67 65 63 61
With AFDC/TANF Income. NA 42 42 43 40 38 37 31 26 23
With SSI Income 18 18 20 19 19 23 24 28 32 32
With Children 60 61 61 61 62 61 60 58 54 54
And Female Heads of Household NA 47 50 51 51 51 50 47 44 NA
With No Spouse Present . NA NA 39 37 44 43 43 41 38 NA
With Elderly Members 3 23 22 19 18 15 16 16 18 21 20
With Elderly Female Heads of Household 3 NA 16 14 11 9 11 NA NA NA NA
Average Household Size 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.7 2.6 2.6 2.5 2.4 2.3 2.3

 

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