What Percentage of the Population Receives Welfare?


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Approximately 48.5 percent of the population of the United States receives welfare as of 2012, according to CNSNews. This percentage does not include those who receive veterans' benefits.

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The number of welfare recipients in the United States is 150,026,000, according to information provided by the Census Bureau. The same source states that 82,679,000 of these were on Medicaid, whereas 51,471,000 lived in households on food stamps. About 20,355,000 of the welfare recipients received Supplemental Security Income and 13,267,000 received housing subsidies. Approximately 4,517,000 of these individuals received other forms of cash assistance from the government. As of 2013, the number of welfare recipients was larger than the number of full-time year-round workers in the United States, according to Politifact.

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