Selected Characteristics of Food Stamp Households and Participants: 1990 to 2005

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The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 553):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 27 rows and 8 columns.

7,796 represents 7,796,000. For years ending September 30. Data for 1990 to 1992 exclude Guam and the Virgin Islands. Based on a sample of households from the Food Stamp Quality Control System


  1. Persons 60 years old and over.
  2. The substantial increase in 1995 and decrease in 2003 are due in part to the changes in definition of a disabled
    diasbled household. Prior to 1995, disabled households were defined as households with SSI income but no members over
    age 59. In 1995, that definition changed to households with at least one member under 65 who received SSI, or at least
    one member age 18-61 who received social security, veterans’ benefits, or other government benefits as a result of a
    disability. Because of changes to the QC data in 2003, the definition of a disabled household changed to households either
    SSI income or a medical expense deduction and without an elderly person, and households containing a nonelderly adult who
    does not appear to be working and who is receiving social security, veterans’ benefits, or workers’ compensation.


Public Domain (Government Work)

This dataset was prepared by the government and is therefore in the public domain. There are no restrictions upon its use.