Number of Primary Beneficiaries By Age and Sex
The graphs below shows the number of Social Security beneficiaries who are
receiving Social Security benefits on the basis of their earnings, as of December 2021. We call such
people "primary" beneficiaries. The two types of primary beneficiaries are
retired workers and disabled workers.
The graphs display the number of primary beneficiaries by age and sex.
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The graph at right shows the number of retired workers between the ages of 62
(the earliest retirement age) and age 98. Although there are retired workers who are
older than age 98, we do not display that because the male and female lines
gradually merge with the horizontal age axis after age 98.
Number of retired workers by age and sex at the end of December 2021
The graph at right shows the number of disabled workers between the ages of 21
and 65. Note that some disabled workers choose to receive retirement benefits
after they reach age 62, and this fact accounts for the drop in disabled
workers after age 62.
Number of disabled workers by age and sex at the end of December 2021