Ever since, millions of Americans rely on social security benefits for a living. In fact, in some states, it turns out that a greater proportion of their populations are depended on social security benefits to supplement their daily incomes.
Each year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides statistics about where it recipient live. Here are the five states with the highest percentage of population that rely on Social Security benefits such as retirement benefits, survivors and disability insurance under Social Security as of 2012.
About 24.6 percent of West Virginia’s population relies on social security benefits. Apparently, almost a quarter of its 1.86 million populations receive social security benefits. It is not yet clear whether or not the increased number of recipients has something to do with the controversy linked to a retired Social Security administrative judge. Allegedly, the retired administrative judge collaborated with a lawyer to grant improper disability benefits to more than 1,800 disability claimants from 2006 to 2010.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities saw a significant increase in the state’s senior poverty rate. From eight percent, the state’s senior citizen poverty rate has increased by 36 percent. A recent study revealed that proposals to modify the way cost-of-living increases are calculated could absolutely impact Maine’s Social Security recipients.
“Surprisingly, California, which houses Los Angeles, is not included on the list,” commented by a SSI lawyer.
Keep in mind that for any changes that are likely to occur in social security benefits, the said states could be the first one to be hurt the most. Thus, we encourage lawmakers to always put into consideration the nation’s most vulnerable citizens, the seniors, in whatever decision they have to make.