Indicators of Welfare Dependence: Annual Report to Congress, 2003. Table TANF 6. Trends in AFDC/TANF Average Monthly Payments, 1962 – 2001

03/01/2003

  Monthly Benefit per Recipient Average Number of
Persons per Family
Monthly Benefit per Family (not reduced by Child Support) Weighted Average 1 Maximum Benefit (per 3-person Family)
Fiscal Year Current Dollars 2001 Dollars Current Dollars 2001 Dollars Current Dollars 2001 Dollars
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3 The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 repealed the AFDC program as of July 1, 1997 and replaced it with the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.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 2001 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Families, Office of Family Assistance, Quarterly Public Assistance Statistics, 1992 & 1993 and earlier years along with unpublished data.
1962 $31 $168 3.9 $121 $634 NA NA
1963 31 166 4.0 126 650 NA NA
1964 32 167 4.1 131 670 NA NA
1965 34 174 4.2 140 705 NA NA
1966 35 178 4.2 146 716 NA NA
1967 36 179 4.1 150 716 NA NA
1968 40 188 4.1 162 746 NA NA
1969 43 198 4.0 173 766 $186 2 $854
1970 46 200 3.9 178 753 194 2 848
1971 48 200 3.8 180 730 201 2 840
1972 51 207 3.6 187 732 205 2 828
1973 53 205 3.5 187 701 213 2 824
1974 57 202 3.4 194 670 229 2 816
1975 63 206 3.3 209 658 243 791
1976 71 216 3.2 226 665 257 782
1977 78 220 3.1 241 662 271 768
1978 83 221 3.0 249 644 284 756
1979 87 213 2.9 257 609 301 735
1980 94 207 2.9 274 583 320 703
1981 96 192 2.9 277 536 326 651
1982 103 192 2.9 300 543 331 617
1983 106 190 2.9 311 537 336 600
1984 110 189 2.9 321 534 352 602
1985 112 186 2.9 329 527 369 610
1986 115 186 2.9 339 529 383 618
1987 123 193 2.9 359 546 393 617
1988 127 192 2.9 370 541 404 609
1989 131 189 2.9 381 531 412 593
1990 135 185 2.9 389 516 421 577
1991 135 176 2.9 388 490 425 554
1992 136 172 2.9 389 477 419 530
1993 131 161 2.8 373 444 414 509
1994 134 160 2.8 376 437 420 497
1995 134 157 2.8 376 425 418 487
1996 135 152 2.8 374 410 422 478
1997 3 130 144 2.8 362 405 420 464
1998 130 142 2.7 358 406 432 469
1999 133 142 2.7 357 439 452 481
2000 133 138 2.6 349 428 453 468
2001 137 137 2.6 351 351 456 456

 

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