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Population Projections

  1. American
    Indians and
    Alaska Natives
  2. Early
    Eligibility Age
    Beneficiaries
  3.  Lifetime 
    Low
    Earners

  4.  Oldest 
    Old
  5.  Sporadic 
    Low
    Earners
  6. Spousal-
    Only
    Beneficiaries
  7. Survivor-
    Only
    Beneficiaries
  8. Women
    & Dual
    Entitlement

Chart Descriptions - Survivor-Only Beneficiaries in 2050

Released: March 2015
Next expected update: 2018
Population Characteristics
Characteristic Survivor-only beneficiaries aged 60 or older Beneficiaries aged 60 or older
Number of beneficiaries 837,000 88 million
Women 86% 53%
Below 100% of the poverty threshold  
Scheduled benefits 15% 4%
Payable benefits 29% 7%
 
Age Group (percent of beneficiaries in group)
Age group Survivor-only beneficiaries aged 60 or older Beneficiaries aged 60 or older
60–69 12 30
70–79 34 37
80–89 35 25
90+ 19 9
 
Median Credits Earned
Lifetime shared earnings quintile Survivor-only beneficiaries aged 60 or older Beneficiaries aged 60 or older
Lowest 16 99
Second lowest 16 152
Middle 18 171
Second highest 25 183
Highest 32 193