Number of Social Security Beneficiaries

The graph below shows the number of people receiving Social Security benefits at the end of calendar quarters, beginning with data for March 1970.

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Beneficiaries receiving benefits
at the end of December 2017
All beneficiaries61,903,360
Retired workers and dependents45,497,828
Disabled workers and dependents10,411,252
Counting dual-entitled beneficiaries
If a beneficiary is entitled to both a primary benefit (as a retired or disabled worker) and another benefit (say a spousal benefit) payable from the same trust fund, then he or she is counted only once in our statistics as a primary beneficiary.