Social Security (OASDI)--Benefits by Type of Beneficiary: 1970 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 528):

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 75 rows and 28 columns.

26,229 represents 26,229,000. A person eligible to receive more than one type of benefit is generally classified or counted only once as a retired-worker beneficiary. OASDI = Old-age, survivors, and disability insurance. See also headnote, Table 527 and Appendix III


  1. Benefit payment actually being made at a specified time with no
    being made at a specified time with no
    deductions or with deductions amounting to less than a month’s benefit.
  2. 62 years and over.
  3. Disabled workers under age 65.
  4. Includes wife beneficiaries with entitled children in their care
    and entitled divorced wives.
  5. 18 years old and over. Disability began before age 18 and,
    beginning 1973, before age 22.
  6. Full-time students aged 18-21 through 1984 and aged 18 and 19
    beginning 1985.
  7. Includes surviving divorced mothers with entitled children in
    their care and, beginning June 1975, widowed fathers with entitled
    children in their care.
  8. Includes widows aged 60-61, surviving divorced wives aged 60 and
    over, disabled widows and widowers aged 50 and over; and beginning
    Jan. 1973, widowers aged 60-61.
  9. Benefits for persons aged 72 and over not insured under regular
    or transitional provisions of Social Security Act.
  10. Constant dollar figures are based on the consumer price index
    (CPI-U) for December as published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  11. Represents total disbursements of benefit checks by the U.S.
    Department of the Treasury during the years specified.
  12. Distribution by type estimated.


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