Prevalence, Characteristics, and Poverty Status of Supplemental Security Income Multirecipients

by Joyce Nicholas
Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 73 No. 3, 2013
Chart 1. Percentage distribution of SSI recipients by family residency group and age, 2005
Family residency group and age Children Adults Total
NCMs 32.5 13.0 15.7
Adult . . . . . . 11.3
Child . . . . . . 4.4
Couples . . . 6.8 5.9
Individuals 67.5 80.2 78.4
SOURCE: Author's calculations based on CPS data matched to SSI administrative records.
NOTE: . . . = not applicable.
Chart 4. Percentage distribution of NCMs by number of family recipients and presence of nonrecipients, 2005
Family composition Percent
Two recipients plus one or more nonrecipients 53.8
Two recipients only 22.7
Three recipients plus one or more nonrecipients 10.9
Three recipients only 6.4
Four or more recipients plus one or more nonrecipients 3.6
Four or more recipients only 2.6
SOURCE: Author's calculations based on CPS data matched to SSI administrative records.
Chart 5. Percentage distribution of NCMs by number of family recipients and age, 2005
Number of recipients Children Adults All
Two recipients 75.9 76.7 76.5
Three recipients 15.6 18.0 17.3
Four or more recipients 8.5 5.3 6.2
SOURCE: Author's calculations based on CPS data matched to SSI administrative records.
Chart 6. Family composition characteristics for NCMs, 2005 (percentage distributions)
Recipients in the NCM family are— All NCMs NCMs in families with no nonrecipients NCMs in families with one or more nonrecipients Child NCMs Adult NCMs Two recipients in NCM family Three recipients in NCM family Four or more recipients in NCM family
All children 12.8 0.0 18.7 45.5 . . . 14.4 9.9 0.0
All adults 54.7 78.0 43.9 . . . 76.1 57.6 50.0 33.7
Children and adults 32.5 22.0 37.4 54.5 23.9 28.0 40.1 66.3
SOURCE: Author's calculations based on CPS data matched to SSI administrative records.
Chart 7. Poverty rates for SSI recipients by family residency group and age, 2005 (in percent)
Family residency group and age Poverty rate
Couples 48.2
Individuals 45.8
Children 28.9
Adults 48.0
NCMs 19.8
Children 29.5
Adults 15.9
SSI recipients 41.9
Children 29.1
Adults 43.6
SOURCE: Author's calculations based on CPS data matched to SSI administrative records; Nicholas and Wiseman (2010).
NOTE: All couple recipients are adults.
Chart 8. Percentage distribution of SSI recipients by poverty status, family residency group, and presence of nonrecipients in family, 2005
Poverty status Individuals and couples NCMs
No
nonrecipients
One or more nonrecipients No
nonrecipients
One or more nonrecipients
Poor 71.9 24.8 8.4 25.0
Near poor 11.6 7.9 39.4 13.3
Other 16.5 67.3 52.2 61.7
SOURCE: Author's calculations based on CPS data matched to SSI administrative records.