The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a nationwide federal assistance program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that guarantees a minimum level of income for needy aged, blind, or disabled individuals. In December 2010, 7.9 million individuals received federally administered monthly SSI benefits (including federally administered state supplementary payments) averaging $501.
Extensive information about the SSI program can be found in the following publications:
The SSI Annual Statistical Report, 2010 contains tables that describe the demographic and program characteristics of applicants for and recipients of SSI in December of 2010 and earlier. SSA collects additional information about these applicants and recipients, but privacy laws limit the amount of information we can share with the public. However, in the spirit of the open government initiative, we have developed four public use summary data files containing SSI recipient information that is not found in our annual report. Specifically, we take the information provided in Tables 10 and 38 in the annual report and provide further breakdowns by sex and age groups. Please see the User Manual for detailed information on these files.
These data files are available for research. Any findings and conclusions derived from analyses of these data are solely the researcher(s) and do not reflect those of the Social Security Administration.