Welfare Indicators and Risk Factors: Thirteenth Report to Congress. Table TANF 1. Trends in AFDC/TANF Caseloads: 1962-2011

03/01/2014

Fiscal Year Average Monthly Number
(thousands)
Children as a Percent of Total Recipients Average1 Number of Children per Family
Total Families 1 AFDC UP2 Two-Parent Families TANF Two-Parent Families Total Recipients Child Recipients
1962 924 48 NA 3,593 2,778 77.3 3.0
1964 984 60 NA 4,059 3,043 75.0 3.1
1966 1,074 62 NA 4,472 3,369 75.3 3.1
1968 1,310 67 NA 5,349 4,013 75.0 3.1
1970 1,906 78 NA 7,415 5,484 74.0 2.9
1972 2,918 134 NA 10,632 7,698 72.4 2.6
1973 3,123 120 NA 11,038 7,967 72.2 2.6
1974 3,170 93 NA 10,845 7,825 72.2 2.5
1975 3,357 100 NA 11,067 7,952 71.9 2.4
1976 3,575 135 NA 11,386 8,054 70.7 2.3
1977 3,593 149 NA 11,130 7,846 70.5 2.2
1978 3,539 128 NA 10,672 7,492 70.2 2.1
1979 3,496 114 NA 10,318 7,197 69.8 2.1
1980 3,642 141 NA 10,597 7,320 69.1 2.0
1981 3,871 209 NA 11,160 7,615 68.2 2.0
1982 3,569 232 NA 10,431 6,975 66.9 2.0
1983 3,651 272 NA 10,659 7,051 66.1 1.9
1984 3,725 287 NA 10,866 7,153 65.8 1.9
1985 3,692 261 NA 10,813 7,165 66.3 1.9
1986 3,748 254 NA 10,997 7,300 66.4 1.9
1987 3,784 236 NA 11,065 7,381 66.7 2.0
1988 3,748 210 NA 10,920 7,325 67.1 2.0
1989 3,771 193 NA 10,934 7,370 67.4 2.0
1990 3,974 204 NA 11,460 7,755 67.7 2.0
1991 4,374 268 NA 12,592 8,513 67.6 1.9
1992 4,768 322 NA 13,625 9,226 67.7 1.9
1993 4,981 359 NA 14,143 9,560 67.6 1.9
1994 5,046 363 NA 14,226 9,611 67.6 1.9
1995 4,871 335 NA 13,660 9,280 67.9 1.9
1996 4,543 301 NA 12,645 8,671 68.6 1.9
1997 2 3,937 256 NA 10,935 7,7813 71.23 2.03
1998 3,200 NA 162 8,790 6,273 71.4 2.0
1999 2,674 NA 125 7,188 5,319 74.0 2.0
2000 2,356 NA 132 6,324 4,598 72.7 2.0
2001 2,200 NA 119 5,761 4,233 73.5 1.9
2002 2,195 NA 118 5,656 4,149 73.3 1.9
2003 2,181 NA 116 5,518 4,075 73.9 1.9
2004 2,161 NA 114 5,377 3,993 74.3 1.8
2005 2,090 NA 108 5,118 3,818 74.6 1.8
2006 1,960 NA 98 4,741 3,565 75.2 1.8
2007 1,754 NA 62 4,138 3,165 76.5 1.8
2008 1,693 NA 63 3,982 3,044 76.5 1.8
2009 1,796 NA 86 4,254 3,222 75.7 1.8
2010 1,911 NA 101 4,573 3,421 74.8 1.8
2011 1,921 NA 104 4,600 3,435 74.7 1.8

Note: Beginning in 2000, all caseload numbers include SSP families.

1 Includes unemployed parent families and child-only cases.

2 The AFDC Unemployed Parent program was replaced when the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 repealed AFDC and set up the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program beginning July 1, 1997.

3 Based on data from the AFDC reporting system that were available only for the first 9 months of the fiscal year.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance (available online at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/programs/tanf/data-reports).

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