Indicators of Welfare Dependence: Annual Report to Congress, 2009-2013. Table TANF 6. Trends in AFDC/TANF Average Monthly Payments: 1962 – 2009

04/01/2013

Fiscal Year Monthly Benefit per Recipient Average Number of Persons per Family
Monthly Benefit
per Family (not reduced by Child Support)
Weighted Average Maximum Benefit (per 3-person Family)
Current Dollars
2009 Dollars
Current Dollars
2009 Dollars
Current Dollars
2009 Dollars
1962 $31 $193 3.9 $121 $752 NA NA
1963 31 191 4.0 126 772 NA NA
1964 32 193 4.1 131 795 NA NA
1965 34 200 4.2 140 836 NA NA
1966 35 204 4.2 146 850 NA NA
1967 36 206 4.1 150 851 NA NA
1968 40 217 4.1 162 887 NA NA
1969 43 228 4.0 173 911 $186 2 $983
1970 46 230 3.9 178 895 194 2 976
1971 48 230 3.8 180 867 201 2 967
1972 51 239 3.6 187 869 205 2 954
1973 53 236 3.5 187 834 213 2 949
1974 57 233 3.4 194 796 229 2 940
1975 63 237 3.3 209 782 243 910
1976 71 248 3.2 226 791 257 900
1977 78 254 3.1 241 786 271 884
1978 83 254 3.0 250 766 284 870
1979 87 245 3.0 257 723 301 847
1980 94 238 2.9 274 693 320 811
1981 96 221 2.9 277 637 326 750
1982 103 221 2.9 300 647 331 712
1983 106 219 2.9 311 640 336 692
1984 110 218 2.9 322 636 352 695
1985 112 215 2.9 329 628 369 705
1986 115 215 2.9 339 632 383 715
1987 123 223 2.9 359 653 393 715
1988 127 223 2.9 370 649 403 707
1989 131 221 2.9 381 641 413 694
1990 135 217 2.9 389 625 420 675
1991 135 207 2.9 388 597 424 653
1992 136 204 2.9 389 584 419 629
1993 131 192 2.8 373 546 414 607
1994 134 191 2.8 376 540 416 596
1995 134 188 2.8 377 528 418 586
1996 135 184 2.8 374 512 419 573
19973 130 174 2.8 362 483 418 558
1998 130 171 2.7 358 470 429 564
1999 133 171 2.7 357 461 450 581
2000 130 163 2.7 349 437 446 558
2001 134 163 2.6 351 426 448 543
2002 141 169 2.6 364 435 452 540
2003 140 163 2.5 354 413 455 531
2004 145 165 2.5 360 411 462 528
2005 151 167 2.4 370 408 468 517
2006 154 164 2.4 372 397 489 521
2007 160 166 2.4 377 392 499 519
2008 163 162 2.4 383 382 510 508
2009 164 164 2.4 389 389 507 507

Note: AFDC benefit amounts have not been reduced by child support collections. Constant dollar adjustments to 2009 level were made using a CPI-U-RS fiscal-year price index.

1 The maximum benefit for a 3-person family in each state is weighted by that state’s share of total AFDC/TANF 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3 The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 repealed the AFDC program as of July 1, 1997 and replaced it with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Beginning in 1997, average monthly benefits are calculated from case-level data rather than by dividing aggregate expenditures on cash assistance by aggregate caseloads, as in the past. This change was necessary due to uncertainty about the extent to which states may be reporting non-cash basic assistance as well as cash assistance in the expenditure data formerly used to calculate average cash benefits.
 
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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