Welfare Recipients by State

Welfare is a form of government assistance program that is meant to help citizens meet basic human needs, like food and shelter. Welfare can appear in the form of either free or subsidized supply of goods or resources that can be used to purchase goods or services. To receive any form of welfare, the recipient must prove their income falls below the federal poverty level. 

Welfare programs in the U.S. vary in form. In 1935 a national welfare system was firstly established in the United States and was proposed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration. Welfare was followed by various programs to reduce poverty and push for a fairer society, as is seen by Roosevelt’s “New Deal” and Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Great Society”.

There are six major welfare programs in the United states: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Earned Income Tax Credit, Housing Assistance, and Medicaid. Welfare does not include entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and worker’s compensation.

See for yourself how welfare recipients differ by state by surveying the data in the charts.

TANF Families by State

Alabama - TANF Families

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6,268

#29 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

354,000

#18 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

16

#22 in the US

Alaska - TANF Families

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1,775

#45 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

39,000

#49 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

27.5

#2 in the US

Arizona - TANF Families

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6,985

#25 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

377,000

#15 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

17.6

#19 in the US

Arkansas - TANF Families

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1,691

#46 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

161,000

#34 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

19

#10 in the US

California - TANF Families

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237,614

#1 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

1,911,000

#1 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

10

#43 in the US

Colorado - TANF Families

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11,622

#17 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

219,000

#29 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

Yes

SUICIDE RATEhelp

21.5

#6 in the US

Connecticut - TANF Families

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5,713

#32 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

219,000

#30 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

Yes

SUICIDE RATEhelp

9.3

#45 in the US

Delaware - TANF Families

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2,655

#40 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

67,000

#44 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

12.3

#40 in the US

District of Columbia - TANF Families

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6,354

#28 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

68,000

#43 in the US

Florida - TANF Families

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38,115

#4 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

1,632,000

#2 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

13.2

#31 in the US

Georgia - TANF Families

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7,656

#22 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

699,000

#7 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

13.7

#32 in the US

Hawaii - TANF Families

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6,587

#27 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

82,000

#39 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

12.9

#41 in the US

Idaho - TANF Families

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1,677

#49 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

69,000

#42 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

23.2

#5 in the US

Illinois - TANF Families

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10,538

#19 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

904,000

#6 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

10.5

#44 in the US

Indiana - TANF Families

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7,636

#23 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

270,000

#25 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

15

#26 in the US

Iowa - TANF Families

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6,215

#30 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

161,000

#35 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

18

#12 in the US

Kansas - TANF Families

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3,146

#38 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

99,000

#36 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

Yes

SUICIDE RATEhelp

18.4

#13 in the US

Kentucky - TANF Families

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13,136

#16 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

279,000

#24 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

17.7

#20 in the US

Louisiana - TANF Families

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3,358

#36 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

401,000

#14 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

13.7

#33 in the US

Maine - TANF Families

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3,281

#37 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

85,000

#38 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

16.4

#23 in the US

Maryland - TANF Families

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22,063

#8 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

341,000

#20 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

9.2

#46 in the US

Massachusetts - TANF Families

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25,272

#7 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

447,000

#13 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

8.4

#47 in the US

Michigan - TANF Families

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9,372

#20 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

672,000

#9 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

14

#28 in the US

Minnesota - TANF Families

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19,250

#9 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

208,000

#32 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

Yes

SUICIDE RATEhelp

13.1

#34 in the US

Mississippi - TANF Families

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1,681

#48 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

230,000

#27 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

13.9

#35 in the US

Missouri - TANF Families

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6,806

#26 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

331,000

#21 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

18.2

#14 in the US

Montana - TANF Families

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2,178

#44 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

55,000

#45 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

Yes

SUICIDE RATEhelp

26.1

#3 in the US

Nebraska - TANF Families

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3,451

#35 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

75,000

#41 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

Yes

SUICIDE RATEhelp

14.9

#29 in the US

Nevada - TANF Families

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5,719

#31 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

226,000

#28 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

18.2

#15 in the US

New Hampshire - TANF Families

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2,990

#39 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

43,000

#46 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

16.4

#24 in the US

New Jersey - TANF Families

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8,923

#21 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

376,000

#16 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

7.1

#50 in the US

New Mexico - TANF Families

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11,574

#18 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

214,000

#31 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

Yes

SUICIDE RATEhelp

24.2

#4 in the US

New York - TANF Families

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75,121

#2 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

1,520,000

#4 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

8

#48 in the US

North Carolina - TANF Families

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13,571

#15 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

634,000

#10 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

13.2

#36 in the US

North Dakota - TANF Families

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1,055

#50 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

24,000

#50 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

Yes

SUICIDE RATEhelp

18.2

#16 in the US

Ohio - TANF Families

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48,056

#3 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

698,000

#8 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

13.8

#37 in the US

Oklahoma - TANF Families

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4,964

#34 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

260,000

#26 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

21.9

#7 in the US

Oregon - TANF Families

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14,390

#13 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

358,000

#17 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

18.3

#17 in the US

Pennsylvania - TANF Families

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27,157

#6 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

946,000

#5 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

12.6

#42 in the US

Rhode Island - TANF Families

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2,305

#43 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

92,000

#37 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

Yes

SUICIDE RATEhelp

8.5

#49 in the US

South Carolina - TANF Families

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7,305

#24 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

301,000

#23 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

16.3

#25 in the US

South Dakota - TANF Families

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2,559

#41 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

40,000

#48 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

21

#8 in the US

Tennessee - TANF Families

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14,272

#14 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

463,000

#12 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

17.2

#21 in the US

Texas - TANF Families

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18,181

#10 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

1,595,000

#3 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

13.3

#38 in the US

Utah - TANF Families

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2,374

#42 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

76,000

#40 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

Yes

SUICIDE RATEhelp

20.8

#9 in the US

Vermont - TANF Families

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1,688

#47 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

41,000

#47 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

Yes

SUICIDE RATEhelp

18.1

#18 in the US

Virginia - TANF Families

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15,680

#11 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

342,000

#19 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

13.5

#39 in the US

Washington - TANF Families

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28,150

#5 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

495,000

#11 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

15.2

#27 in the US

West Virginia - TANF Families

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5,628

#33 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

163,000

#33 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

Yes

SUICIDE RATEhelp

19.4

#11 in the US

Wisconsin - TANF Families

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14,991

#12 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

323,000

#22 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

14.5

#30 in the US

Wyoming - TANF Families

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478

#51 in the US

SNAP HOUSEHOLDShelp

13,000

#51 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

SUICIDE RATEhelp

30.5

#1 in the US

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0

#52 in the US

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0

#51 in the US