Annual Statistical Supplement, 2003

 

Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance

Benefits in Current-Payment Status

Dependents and Survivors

Table 5.F1 Number of wives and husbands and total monthly benefits, by type of benefit, December 1950–2002, selected years
Year Total Wives entitled solely
because of age a
Wives entitled because of children b Husbands
Subtotal With at least
1 child under age 16 c
With at least
1 disabled child d
Number Total
monthly
benefits
(thousands
of dollars)
Number Total
monthly
benefits
(thousands
of dollars)
Number Total
monthly
benefits
(thousands
of dollars)
Number Total
monthly
benefits
(thousands
of dollars)
Number Total
monthly
benefits
(thousands
of dollars)
Number Total
monthly
benefits
(thousands
of dollars)
Wives and husbands of retired workers
1950 508,350 11,995 498,688 11,865 8,865 114 8,865 114 . . . . . . 797 16
1955 1,191,963 39,416 1,124,616 37,826 57,284 1,315 57,284 1,315 . . . . . . 10,063 274
1960 2,269,384 87,867 2,143,949 84,018 110,909 3,344 101,774 3,010 9,135 334 14,526 504
1965 2,613,550 114,035 2,433,602 108,069 168,951 5,508 154,829 4,947 14,122 561 10,997 458
1970 2,668,105 163,263 2,491,724 155,510 167,968 7,261 154,919 6,542 13,049 719 8,413 492
1975 2,867,388 301,623 2,664,132 287,043 195,993 13,861 178,909 12,391 17,084 1,470 7,263 720
1980 3,015,549 518,500 2,789,472 490,818 186,894 22,508 167,793 19,708 19,101 2,800 39,183 5,174
1985 3,069,067 755,844 2,926,300 732,464 107,166 17,347 84,074 12,762 23,092 4,585 35,601 6,033
1986 3,086,091 776,870 2,948,854 754,026 102,549 16,933 79,471 12,304 23,078 4,629 34,688 5,911
1987 3,089,968 817,058 2,959,301 794,258 96,928 16,865 74,141 12,078 22,787 4,788 33,739 5,935
1988 3,086,022 854,644 2,959,856 831,659 93,577 17,071 71,585 12,266 21,992 4,805 32,589 5,914
1989 3,093,075 905,281 2,971,440 881,836 89,839 17,431 68,857 12,571 20,982 4,859 31,796 6,014
1990 3,101,085 964,983 2,982,034 940,514 87,925 18,300 67,785 13,322 20,140 4,977 31,126 6,169
1991 3,104,235 1,008,672 2,986,975 983,434 86,682 19,020 66,992 13,897 19,690 5,122 30,578 6,218
1992 3,111,515 1,047,553 2,995,629 1,021,616 85,680 19,648 66,618 14,468 19,062 5,180 30,206 6,289
1993 3,094,447 1,075,073 2,980,671 1,048,712 83,751 19,993 65,225 14,782 18,526 5,211 30,025 6,368
1994 3,066,430 1,101,203 2,954,950 1,074,452 81,644 20,296 63,575 15,033 18,069 5,263 29,836 6,455
1995 3,026,012 1,120,924 2,917,764 1,094,203 78,507 20,155 61,132 14,932 17,375 5,223 29,741 6,567
1996 2,970,226 1,139,092 2,872,316 1,113,470 68,310 18,942 52,384 13,874 15,926 5,068 29,600 6,680
1997 2,922,170 1,148,558 2,828,261 1,123,381 64,123 18,363 49,372 13,540 14,751 4,823 29,786 6,814
1998 2,864,230 1,145,353 2,773,583 1,120,553 60,634 17,883 46,649 13,205 13,985 4,678 30,013 6,917
1999 2,811,008 1,155,479 2,722,244 1,130,413 58,229 17,905 45,002 13,333 13,227 4,572 30,535 7,161
2000 2,798,203 1,200,835 2,707,444 1,173,771 58,416 19,212 45,680 14,547 12,736 4,665 32,343 7,851
2001 2,741,962 1,213,842 2,652,289 1,186,078 55,995 19,335 44,009 14,732 11,986 4,603 33,678 8,429
2002 2,681,153 1,210,108 2,591,336 1,181,531 54,683 19,579 43,212 15,022 11,471 4,557 35,143 8,998
Wives and husbands of disabled workers
1958 12,231 415 4,845 192 7,370 223 7,345 222 25 1 16 1
1960 76,599 2,636 21,845 841 54,543 1,788 53,549 1,746 994 42 211 7
1965 193,362 6,761 29,352 1,109 163,500 5,635 160,922 5,512 2,578 123 510 17
1970 283,447 12,060 41,582 2,063 241,341 9,975 235,892 9,667 5,449 307 524 22
1975 452,922 30,536 64,883 5,263 387,474 25,239 380,763 24,633 6,711 606 565 35
1980 461,878 51,028 77,276 9,672 382,457 41,159 374,147 40,018 8,310 1,142 2,145 197
1985 305,532 40,507 79,294 12,693 224,704 27,656 215,012 26,055 9,692 1,602 1,534 158
1986 300,826 39,481 78,925 12,766 220,426 26,566 210,515 24,952 9,911 1,614 1,475 149
1987 290,888 39,195 73,484 12,808 211,222 25,854 201,280 24,194 9,942 1,661 6,182 532
1988 280,821 38,878 70,654 12,924 203,788 25,402 194,068 23,746 9,720 1,656 6,379 552
1989 271,488 39,148 67,154 12,974 197,946 25,590 188,562 23,916 9,384 1,674 6,388 584
1990 265,890 39,869 63,584 13,018 195,818 26,222 186,641 24,506 9,177 1,716 6,488 629
1991 266,219 40,792 60,866 13,020 198,457 27,071 189,401 25,321 9,056 1,750 6,896 701
1992 270,674 41,951 59,536 13,196 203,703 27,967 194,459 26,152 9,244 1,815 7,435 788
1993 272,759 42,570 58,052 13,241 206,975 28,490 197,589 26,616 9,386 1,874 7,732 839
1994 271,054 43,263 56,343 13,367 206,854 29,011 197,492 27,094 9,362 1,917 7,857 885
1995 263,539 43,105 53,882 13,300 201,827 28,892 192,573 26,962 9,254 1,929 7,830 913
1996 223,854 38,366 51,779 13,251 166,586 24,432 158,106 22,597 8,480 1,834 5,489 683
1997 206,959 36,585 51,265 13,251 150,647 22,683 142,717 20,928 7,930 1,755 5,047 651
1998 189,843 34,530 50,759 13,197 134,584 20,718 127,083 19,032 7,501 1,686 4,500 614
1999 176,299 33,336 50,165 13,314 121,906 19,407 114,842 17,781 7,064 1,626 4,228 615
2000 165,123 32,763 49,171 13,488 111,933 18,649 105,248 17,044 6,685 1,605 4,019 626
2001 156,899 32,491 48,597 13,794 104,271 18,034 97,942 16,460 6,329 1,574 4,031 663
2002 151,614 32,209 48,402 13,970 99,075 17,542 93,034 16,008 6,041 1,533 4,137 697
a. Aged 62 or older. Includes wives aged 65 or older with children.
b. Under age 65 with entitled children in their care.
c. Prior to August 1981, benefits were payable to mothers and fathers caring for a child under age 18. For mothers and fathers caring for a child who was at least 14 and who were entitled in August 1981, benefits were continued until the child attained age 18 or September 1983, whichever came earlier.
d. Excludes wives with both disabled and nondisabled children in their care.
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Master Beneficiary Record, 100 percent data.
NOTE: . . . = not applicable.
CONTACT: Rona Blumenthal (410) 965-0163 or Dana N. Mercer (410) 966-6377.
Table 5.F3 Percentage distribution of wives with entitlement based on age, by monthly benefit and age, December 2002
Monthly benefit (dollars) Total,
62 or older
62–64 65–69 70–74 75–79 80–84 85 or older
Total
Number 2,642,810 306,150 715,980 689,060 528,860 288,030 114,730
Percent 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Less than 150.00 5.6 10.4 6.3 4.7 4.4 3.9 3.5
150.00–174.90 1.5 2.0 1.6 1.5 1.3 1.5 1.8
175.00–199.90 2.0 2.8 2.1 1.9 1.7 1.7 1.5
200.00–224.90 2.2 2.7 2.3 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.7
225.00–249.90 2.4 2.8 2.4 2.3 2.4 2.3 2.2
250.00–274.90 2.5 2.8 2.6 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.6
275.00–299.90 2.6 2.9 2.7 2.6 2.5 2.7 2.5
300.00–324.90 2.9 3.1 2.9 2.9 2.8 2.8 2.9
325.00–349.90 3.2 3.4 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.3
350.00–374.90 3.6 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.6 3.8 4.8
375.00–399.90 4.1 3.9 3.6 4.0 4.2 4.6 5.7
400.00–424.90 4.8 4.2 4.2 4.6 5.5 5.9 5.8
425.00–449.90 6.5 4.4 4.6 6.0 9.3 9.3 6.0
450.00–474.90 7.4 4.9 5.3 7.7 11.4 8.5 5.3
475.00–499.90 8.8 7.4 8.1 11.5 9.0 6.9 5.4
500.00–524.90 8.6 8.2 10.3 10.6 6.0 6.4 5.0
525.00–549.90 6.1 8.1 8.4 5.5 3.9 4.7 4.3
550.00–574.90 4.5 6.9 5.2 3.5 3.4 4.2 4.5
575.00–599.90 3.6 5.8 3.2 2.9 3.2 4.1 4.2
600.00–624.90 3.1 4.1 2.5 2.7 3.0 4.2 4.0
625.00–649.90 2.8 2.2 2.5 2.5 3.2 3.6 3.5
650.00–674.90 2.5 1.2 2.5 2.5 2.9 2.8 3.9
675.00–699.90 2.1 0.8 2.2 2.1 2.6 1.8 2.5
700.00–724.90 1.7 0.5 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.1 2.2
725.00–749.90 1.3 0.3 1.6 1.7 1.1 0.9 1.5
750.00–774.90 1.1 0.2 1.6 1.3 0.8 0.7 1.3
775.00–799.90 1.1 0.1 1.8 1.2 0.6 0.6 1.0
800.00 or more 1.6 0.1 1.0 1.0 1.6 3.4 7.3
Average benefit (dollars) 453.20 410.90 454.30 456.40 455.10 465.60 499.10
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Master Beneficiary Record, 10 percent sample.
CONTACT: Rona Blumenthal (410) 965-0163 or Dana N. Mercer (410) 966-6377.
Table 5.F4 Number of children and total monthly benefits, by type of benefit, December 1940–2002, selected years
Year Number of children of— Total monthly benefits for children of—
(thousands of dollars)
All
workers
Retired
workers
Deceased
workers
Disabled
workers
All
workers
Retired
workers
Deceased
workers
Disabled
workers
Total
1957 1,502,077 179,697 1,322,380 . . . 57,951 3,932 54,019 . . .
1960 2,000,451 268,168 1,576,802 155,481 93,276 7,576 81,003 4,697
1965 3,092,659 460,781 2,074,263 557,615 159,428 14,736 127,067 17,627
1970 4,122,305 545,708 2,687,997 888,600 279,845 24,473 221,041 34,330
1980 4,606,517 638,711 2,609,920 1,357,886 864,242 89,386 625,090 149,766
1990 3,187,010 422,200 1,776,013 988,797 991,628 109,497 720,206 161,926
1995 3,734,097 441,600 1,883,643 1,408,854 1,283,288 141,974 882,837 258,477
1996 3,802,791 442,567 1,897,667 1,462,557 1,356,685 149,177 924,491 283,017
1997 3,771,774 441,121 1,892,707 1,437,946 1,389,552 153,949 946,325 289,278
1998 3,768,928 438,726 1,883,794 1,446,408 1,417,362 157,230 959,939 300,194
1999 3,794,795 442,016 1,884,803 1,467,976 1,473,988 164,755 991,963 317,270
2000 3,802,863 458,951 1,878,007 1,465,905 1,547,808 181,177 1,033,055 333,575
2001 3,839,381 467,064 1,890,156 1,482,161 1,624,285 192,727 1,078,886 352,672
2002 3,910,256 476,684 1,907,899 1,525,673 1,692,471 203,265 1,115,415 373,791
Children under age 18
1940 54,648 6,410 48,238 . . . 668 62 606 . . .
1950 699,703 46,241 653,462 . . . 19,366 788 18,578 . . .
1960 1,896,397 214,343 1,529,535 152,519 88,682 5,654 78,446 4,582
1965 2,688,592 339,507 1,816,888 532,197 135,432 9,598 109,392 16,442
1970 3,314,578 354,373 2,161,094 799,111 215,366 13,367 172,499 29,500
1980 3,423,081 354,797 1,883,438 1,184,846 607,574 40,548 443,097 123,930
1990 2,497,252 236,051 1,333,690 927,511 739,787 53,944 538,546 147,296
1995 2,956,482 241,756 1,386,111 1,328,615 943,028 69,312 637,326 236,390
1996 3,010,100 241,911 1,391,095 1,377,094 997,075 73,297 665,269 258,509
1997 2,969,909 240,031 1,376,186 1,353,692 1,014,245 75,573 674,451 264,221
1998 2,962,704 238,455 1,363,444 1,360,805 1,031,690 77,334 680,264 274,092
1999 2,970,039 240,899 1,353,918 1,375,222 1,066,979 81,648 697,212 288,119
2000 2,976,406 255,908 1,346,091 1,374,407 1,120,977 92,987 724,567 303,423
2001 2,993,852 262,509 1,345,986 1,385,357 1,172,169 100,320 752,216 319,633
2002 3,043,029 270,231 1,350,533 1,422,265 1,218,610 107,298 773,661 337,652
Disabled adult children
1957 28,869 16,686 12,183 . . . 1,115 526 589 . . .
1960 104,054 53,825 47,267 2,962 4,594 1,922 2,557 115
1965 198,390 87,122 102,287 8,981 10,271 3,541 6,357 374
1970 270,557 101,341 154,921 14,295 19,807 5,755 13,290 761
1980 450,169 140,548 276,738 32,883 89,561 22,463 62,625 4,473
1990 600,480 173,941 389,385 37,154 217,201 51,879 156,725 8,597
1995 686,101 188,965 446,377 50,759 300,007 68,743 217,553 13,711
1996 696,787 189,788 454,367 52,632 316,579 71,808 229,947 14,824
1997 704,709 189,780 461,974 52,955 330,258 73,984 240,802 15,472
1998 712,772 189,637 468,705 54,430 341,731 75,663 249,726 16,342
1999 720,526 189,815 474,804 55,907 357,099 78,391 261,339 17,369
2000 728,689 191,584 480,351 56,754 377,647 83,098 276,072 18,478
2001 736,546 191,809 486,817 57,920 395,952 86,510 289,757 19,684
2002 744,529 192,085 492,985 59,459 409,813 89,114 299,946 20,754
Students
1965 205,677 34,152 155,088 16,437 13,725 1,597 11,318 811
1970 537,170 89,994 371,982 75,194 44,672 5,351 35,252 4,069
1980 733,267 143,366 449,744 140,157 167,107 26,375 119,368 21,363
1990 89,278 12,208 52,938 24,132 34,641 3,673 24,935 6,033
1995 91,514 10,879 51,155 29,480 40,253 3,919 27,958 8,376
1996 95,904 10,868 52,205 32,831 43,032 4,072 29,276 9,684
1997 97,156 11,310 54,547 31,299 45,049 4,393 31,071 9,585
1998 93,452 10,634 51,645 31,173 43,941 4,233 29,949 9,759
1999 104,230 11,302 56,081 36,847 49,910 4,716 33,412 11,782
2000 97,768 11,459 51,565 34,744 49,184 5,092 32,417 11,674
2001 108,983 12,746 57,353 38,884 56,164 5,897 36,912 13,356
2002 122,698 14,368 64,381 43,949 64,048 6,854 41,808 15,386
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Master Beneficiary Record, 100 percent data.
NOTE: . . . = not applicable.
CONTACT: Rona Blumenthal (410) 965-0163 or Dana N. Mercer (410) 966-6377.
Table 5.F6 Average monthly benefit for survivors, by type of benefit, December 1940–2002, selected years (in dollars)
Year Widowed
mothers
and fathers
Nondisabled Parents Children Disabled
Widows Widowers Total Under
age 18
Disabled
adult
children
Students Widows Widowers
1940 19.61 20.28 . . . 13.09 12.22 12.22 . . . . . . . . . . . .
1941 19.50 20.22 . . . 12.97 12.19 12.19 . . . . . . . . . . . .
1942 19.57 20.15 . . . 13.05 12.24 12.24 . . . . . . . . . . . .
1943 19.72 20.15 . . . 13.11 12.31 12.31 . . . . . . . . . . . .
1944 19.80 20.17 . . . 13.08 12.38 12.38 . . . . . . . . . . . .
1945 19.83 20.19 . . . 13.06 12.45 12.45 . . . . . . . . . . . .
1950 34.24 36.54 37.23 36.69 28.43 28.43 . . . . . . . . . . . .
1951 33.24 36.04 30.03 36.68 28.05 28.05 . . . . . . . . . . . .
1952 36.13 40.67 33.09 41.33 31.30 31.30 . . . . . . . . . . . .
1953 37.49 40.88 34.08 41.96 32.28 32.28 . . . . . . . . . . . .
1954 44.52 46.28 39.27 47.44 37.01 37.01 . . . . . . . . . . . .
1955 45.91 48.70 46.51 49.93 38.12 38.12 . . . . . . . . . . . .
1956 47.35 50.14 47.11 50.78 39.36 39.36 . . . . . . . . . . . .
1957 49.05 51.09 47.77 51.87 40.85 40.78 48.38 . . . . . . . . .
1958 50.53 51.91 48.84 52.83 42.10 41.98 49.63 . . . . . . . . .
1959 57.37 56.73 53.28 58.86 47.48 47.34 52.89 . . . . . . . . .
1960 59.29 57.69 53.81 60.31 51.37 51.29 54.10 . . . . . . . . .
1961 59.38 64.92 61.66 67.15 52.74 52.64 55.50 . . . . . . . . .
1962 59.38 65.88 62.12 68.18 53.57 53.47 55.99 . . . . . . . . .
1963 59.43 66.85 63.17 69.11 54.33 54.23 56.58 . . . . . . . . .
1964 59.40 67.85 63.49 70.05 54.99 54.87 57.27 . . . . . . . . .
1965 65.46 73.75 69.68 76.03 61.26 60.21 62.14 72.98 . . . . . .
1966 65.59 74.11 70.52 76.52 61.84 60.37 62.67 71.71 . . . . . .
1967 65.86 74.99 71.22 77.23 62.57 60.99 63.37 72.33 . . . . . .
1968 74.93 86.54 82.14 88.21 70.85 68.90 73.11 81.76 72.27 72.40
1969 75.06 87.48 83.08 88.96 71.10 69.11 73.77 81.93 71.02 66.50
1970 86.51 102.02 96.50 103.21 82.23 79.82 85.79 94.77 81.99 73.10
1971 95.61 113.57 106.13 114.26 90.94 88.12 95.03 104.80 90.11 83.10
1972 115.45 138.19 127.98 138.95 110.36 106.87 115.25 126.63 109.50 98.80
1973 118.20 157.40 146.70 140.60 111.70 108.20 116.20 128.50 111.20 101.70
1974 134.20 177.30 164.30 157.50 126.48 122.52 130.33 144.79 125.90 118.60
1975 147.25 193.92 178.27 171.86 139.40 135.00 142.26 157.81 137.70 128.10
1976 159.77 208.99 191.78 185.07 151.94 147.49 152.88 169.80 147.00 133.80
1977 173.80 224.30 177.10 198.30 165.70 a 161.50 a 163.60 a 183.10 a 156.20 131.60
1978 190.40 241.40 186.10 214.00 182.20 178.30 176.20 200.80 165.70 129.70
1979 212.60 269.80 209.00 238.70 205.60 201.70 195.90 226.60 180.80 133.40
1980 246.20 311.50 239.40 276.00 239.50 235.30 226.40 265.40 205.40 145.70
1981 276.70 349.80 266.80 310.40 270.90 265.70 254.00 301.70 227.20 158.80
1982 302.80 379.30 285.60 335.40 285.40 291.50 279.90 260.70 242.80 165.50
1983 308.70 397.10 295.70 349.80 298.00 307.20 289.00 233.40 251.10 166.20
1984 321.50 416.10 306.80 363.90 314.30 320.70 302.60 257.20 307.70 190.70
1985 332.50 434.00 317.80 378.20 330.50 332.60 315.50 360.80 316.60 191.80
1986 338.30 444.90 324.80 386.30 336.80 338.70 323.10 375.70 321.30 195.50
1987 352.70 468.90 340.60 407.30 352.40 353.90 340.00 400.10 335.60 202.30
1988 367.90 493.40 359.50 428.40 367.60 368.00 357.40 424.70 350.00 211.30
1989 387.60 522.60 382.00 453.50 384.90 384.30 378.10 447.90 368.90 223.60
1990 409.10 557.40 408.40 482.20 405.50 403.80 402.50 471.00 391.30 238.40
1991 424.10 584.50 428.00 506.10 420.10 417.00 421.50 486.20 409.40 260.60
1992 437.70 608.70 443.60 526.40 432.30 427.60 438.30 504.10 425.30 273.30
1993 448.40 631.70 461.50 547.20 443.10 437.00 453.70 515.00 436.90 286.20
1994 464.40 656.60 481.40 569.50 456.20 448.70 470.80 532.20 449.20 299.90
1995 477.90 681.20 500.20 590.80 468.70 459.80 487.40 546.50 461.50 307.60
1996 514.90 708.30 520.70 613.50 487.20 478.20 506.10 560.80 474.30 318.00
1997 532.00 732.50 534.50 635.70 500.00 490.10 521.30 569.60 483.90 326.90
1998 545.10 750.30 549.10 651.10 509.60 498.90 532.80 579.90 491.00 332.90
1999 565.70 776.10 572.40 673.90 526.30 515.00 550.40 595.80 503.90 340.30
2000 595.00 811.80 606.90 703.90 550.10 538.30 574.70 628.70 523.80 361.70
2001 620.80 842.50 636.80 728.60 570.80 558.90 595.20 643.60 541.20 374.80
2002 640.20 862.80 662.80 752.70 584.60 572.90 608.40 649.40 553.00 384.70
a. Children's data estimated for 1977.
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Master Beneficiary Record, 100 percent data.
NOTE: . . . = not applicable.
CONTACT: Rona Blumenthal (410) 965-0163 or Dana N. Mercer (410) 966-6377.
Table 5.F7 Number and percentage distribution of survivors, by primary insurance amount and type of benefit, December 2002
Primary insurance amount (dollars) Widowed mothers
and fathers
Nondisabled
widow(er)s
Parents Disabled
widow(er)s
Children
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Total 193,270 100.0 4,563,660 100.0 2,350 100.0 205,870 100.0 1,905,050 100.0
Less than 300.00 4,650 2.4 35,100 0.8 30 1.3 2,590 1.3 91,180 4.8
300.00–349.90 1,840 1.0 88,750 1.9 10 0.4 2,090 1.0 58,940 3.1
350.00–399.90 2,140 1.1 42,170 0.9 30 1.3 1,620 0.8 40,440 2.1
400.00–449.90 2,260 1.2 53,320 1.2 30 1.3 2,150 1.0 41,800 2.2
450.00–499.90 4,590 2.4 86,790 1.9 40 1.7 3,940 1.9 76,580 4.0
500.00–549.90 6,670 3.5 100,500 2.2 120 5.1 5,670 2.8 98,550 5.2
550.00–599.90 7,840 4.1 108,110 2.4 120 5.1 5,800 2.8 105,790 5.6
600.00–649.90 8,220 4.3 115,360 2.5 40 1.7 7,260 3.5 103,190 5.4
650.00–699.90 7,810 4.0 123,650 2.7 140 6.0 7,580 3.7 103,490 5.4
700.00–749.90 8,410 4.4 134,400 2.9 140 6.0 8,300 4.0 97,290 5.1
750.00–799.90 8,550 4.4 162,430 3.6 140 6.0 8,870 4.3 98,650 5.2
800.00–849.90 9,380 4.9 179,050 3.9 130 5.5 9,110 4.4 96,140 5.0
850.00–899.90 9,810 5.1 283,900 6.2 150 6.4 9,890 4.8 102,120 5.4
900.00–949.90 9,470 4.9 245,980 5.4 140 6.0 10,440 5.1 88,110 4.6
950.00–999.90 8,510 4.4 268,090 5.9 80 3.4 10,900 5.3 77,970 4.1
1,000.00–1,049.90 8,680 4.5 310,230 6.8 110 4.7 11,570 5.6 74,570 3.9
1,050.00–1,099.90 7,950 4.1 265,340 5.8 40 1.7 10,780 5.2 64,880 3.4
1,100.00–1,149.90 7,840 4.1 284,780 6.2 40 1.7 10,210 5.0 61,980 3.3
1,150.00–1,199.90 7,060 3.7 309,000 6.8 150 6.4 10,840 5.3 55,180 2.9
1,200.00–1,249.90 6,820 3.5 307,160 6.7 90 3.8 9,320 4.5 51,000 2.7
1,250.00–1,299.90 7,350 3.8 281,980 6.2 130 5.5 11,160 5.4 50,990 2.7
1,300.00–1,349.90 7,500 3.9 288,590 6.3 140 6.0 11,760 5.7 51,870 2.7
1,350.00–1,399.90 6,440 3.3 163,610 3.6 80 3.4 9,750 4.7 41,100 2.2
1,400.00–1,449.90 5,870 3.0 106,440 2.3 50 2.1 7,520 3.7 35,630 1.9
1,450.00–1,499.90 5,520 2.9 65,120 1.4 20 0.9 5,690 2.8 30,760 1.6
1,500.00 or more 22,090 11.4 153,810 3.4 160 6.8 11,060 5.4 106,850 5.6
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Master Beneficiary Record, 10 percent sample.
CONTACT: Rona Blumenthal (410) 965-0163 or Dana N. Mercer (410) 966-6377.
Table 5.F8 Number of widow(er)s and total monthly benefits, by type of benefit, December 1950–2002
Year Total Nondisabled— Disabled widow(er)s
Widows Widowers
Number Total
monthly
benefits
(thousands
of dollars)
Number Total
monthly
benefits
(thousands
of dollars)
Number Total
monthly
benefits
(thousands
of dollars)
Number Total
monthly
benefits
thousands
of dollars)
1950 314,189 11,481 314,126 11,479 63 2 . . . . . .
1951 384,265 13,849 384,011 13,841 254 8 . . . . . .
1952 454,563 18,482 454,064 18,466 499 17 . . . . . .
1953 540,653 22,096 539,854 22,069 799 27 . . . . . .
1954 638,091 29,526 637,012 29,483 1,079 42 . . . . . .
1955 701,360 34,152 700,294 34,103 1,066 50 . . . . . .
1956 913,069 45,780 911,841 45,722 1,228 58 . . . . . .
1957 1,095,137 55,944 1,093,645 55,872 1,492 71 . . . . . .
1958 1,232,583 63,977 1,230,953 63,897 1,630 80 . . . . . .
1959 1,393,587 79,047 1,391,686 78,946 1,901 101 . . . . . .
1960 1,543,843 89,054 1,541,790 88,943 2,053 110 . . . . . .
1961 1,697,308 110,179 1,694,977 110,035 2,331 144 . . . . . .
1962 1,859,191 122,475 1,856,658 122,318 2,533 157 . . . . . .
1963 2,010,769 134,403 2,008,102 134,234 2,667 168 . . . . . .
1964 2,158,912 146,476 2,156,143 146,300 2,769 176 . . . . . .
1965 2,371,433 174,883 2,368,629 174,688 2,804 195 . . . . . .
1966 2,602,015 192,821 2,599,178 192,620 2,837 200 . . . . . .
1967 2,769,618 207,692 2,766,736 207,487 2,882 205 . . . . . .
1968 2,937,890 253,924 2,913,376 252,123 2,951 242 21,563 1,558
1969 3,091,710 269,799 3,049,177 266,741 3,064 255 39,469 2,803
1970 3,227,160 328,245 3,174,846 323,912 3,033 293 49,281 4,041
1971 3,366,304 380,963 3,306,528 375,528 3,033 322 56,743 5,113
1972 3,509,777 483,161 3,442,595 475,746 3,015 386 64,167 7,029
1973 3,656,353 571,654 3,574,458 562,441 3,126 459 78,769 8,754
1974 3,769,559 663,569 3,674,376 651,471 3,055 502 92,128 11,596
1975 3,888,705 747,902 3,776,090 732,269 3,104 553 109,511 15,080
1976 3,994,380 827,325 3,871,894 809,181 3,059 587 119,427 17,557
1977 4,119,487 914,738 3,980,324 892,764 11,887 2,105 127,276 19,869
1978 4,211,710 1,005,929 4,066,673 981,615 15,287 2,845 129,751 21,469
1979 4,321,496 1,153,272 4,173,745 1,126,089 17,918 3,745 129,833 23,438
1980 4,410,515 1,358,836 4,262,607 1,327,814 20,328 4,866 127,580 26,156
1981 4,507,941 1,560,103 4,363,708 1,526,511 22,643 6,042 121,590 27,550
1982 4,594,961 1,724,392 4,453,575 1,689,073 25,014 7,144 116,372 28,175
1983 4,693,791 1,844,798 4,554,414 1,808,647 27,786 8,216 111,591 27,935
1984 4,779,190 1,973,203 4,640,805 1,930,807 29,234 8,970 109,151 33,426
1985 4,862,805 2,094,003 4,725,618 2,050,678 30,182 9,592 107,005 33,734
1986 4,928,019 2,175,345 4,789,969 2,131,049 31,076 10,092 106,974 34,204
1987 4,983,846 2,318,747 4,846,135 2,272,557 31,429 10,703 106,282 35,487
1988 5,028,822 2,461,945 4,892,829 2,414,239 32,870 11,816 103,123 35,892
1989 5,070,873 2,629,728 4,935,911 2,579,726 33,332 12,731 101,630 37,270
1990 5,111,482 2,827,012 4,976,420 2,773,818 34,073 13,916 100,989 39,278
1991 5,158,383 2,989,385 5,008,789 2,927,768 35,105 15,024 114,489 46,593
1992 5,205,375 3,138,250 5,037,583 3,066,568 36,468 16,178 131,324 55,504
1993 5,224,279 3,264,849 5,039,874 3,183,768 37,390 17,255 147,015 63,826
1994 5,232,379 3,394,982 5,034,219 3,305,229 37,484 18,043 160,676 71,710
1995 5,225,519 3,514,262 5,014,991 3,416,203 37,504 18,759 173,024 79,300
1996 5,209,812 3,639,632 4,990,079 3,534,268 37,822 19,692 181,911 85,671
1997 5,053,442 3,646,898 4,829,456 3,537,348 36,048 19,268 187,938 90,282
1998 4,989,855 3,685,349 4,759,829 3,571,047 35,845 19,683 194,181 94,619
1999 4,943,915 3,774,601 4,709,091 3,654,598 36,029 20,624 198,795 99,380
2000 4,901,437 3,912,527 4,663,228 3,785,532 36,782 22,322 201,427 104,674
2001 4,828,327 3,997,687 4,586,677 3,864,251 37,407 23,822 204,243 109,615
2002 4,770,638 4,043,051 4,524,020 3,903,384 39,260 26,020 207,358 113,648
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Master Beneficiary Record, 100 percent data.
NOTE: . . . = not applicable.
CONTACT: Rona Blumenthal (410) 965-0163 or Dana N. Mercer (410) 966-6377.
Table 5.F9 Number, percentage, and average monthly benefit, by year of entitlement as nondisabled widow(er), December 2002
Year Number Percentage
distribution
Cumulative
percentage a
Average
monthly
benefit
(dollars)
Total 4,563,660 100.0 . . . 861.40
2000–2002 834,600 18.3   924.50
1995–1999 1,156,700 25.3 . . . 908.90
1990–1994 925,260 20.3 . . . 885.40
1985–1989 747,730 16.4 . . . 834.70
1980–1984 507,570 11.1 . . . 777.30
1975–1979 245,320 5.4 . . . 708.60
1970–1974 109,610 2.4 . . . 660.90
1965–1969 34,190 0.7 . . . 649.60
Before 1965 2,680 0.1 . . . 861.40
2002 271,300 5.9 5.9 931.10
2001 286,970 6.3 12.2 920.20
2000 276,330 6.1 18.3 922.30
1999 259,980 5.7 24.0 909.80
1998 246,780 5.4 29.4 911.30
1997 224,460 4.9 34.3 910.80
1996 216,340 4.7 39.1 908.50
1995 209,140 4.6 43.6 903.60
1994. 201,330 4.4 48.0 901.70
1993 193,150 4.2 52.3 893.80
1992 182,610 4.0 56.3 890.00
1991 176,030 3.9 60.1 874.10
1990 172,140 3.8 63.9 863.70
1989 162,790 3.6 67.5 855.20
1988 156,480 3.4 70.9 845.50
1987 149,550 3.3 74.2 836.70
1986 144,520 3.2 77.3 819.50
1985 134,390 2.9 80.3 811.20
1984 124,720 2.7 83.0 798.50
1983 114,290 2.5 85.5 782.60
1982 99,740 2.2 87.7 778.40
1981 92,040 2.0 89.7 762.00
1980 76,780 1.7 91.4 751.90
1979 66,980 1.5 92.9 735.60
1978 55,780 1.2 94.1 722.70
1977 42,890 0.9 95.0 705.70
1976 43,100 0.9 96.0 678.60
1975 36,570 0.8 96.8 676.50
1974 30,850 0.7 97.5 672.90
1973 26,120 0.6 98.0 662.80
1972 21,090 0.5 98.5 654.60
1971 17,640 0.4 98.9 649.20
1970 13,910 0.3 99.2 655.00
1969 10,130 0.2 99.4 665.50
1968 8,580 0.2 99.6 645.80
1967 6,220 0.1 99.7 643.50
1966 4,440 0.1 99.8 641.20
1965 4,820 0.1 99.9 638.60
a. Represents those entitled in specified year or later.
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Master Beneficiary Record, 10 percent sample.
NOTE: . . . = not applicable.
CONTACT: Rona Blumenthal (410) 965-0163 or Dana N. Mercer (410) 966-6377.
Table 5.F10 Number, percentage, and average monthly benefit, by year of entitlement as disabled widow(er), December 2002
Year Number Percentage
distribution
Cumulative
percentage a
Average
monthly
benefit
(dollars)
Total 205,870 100.0 . . . 546.20
2000–2002 60,130 29.2 . . . 552.70
1996–1999 85,770 41.7 . . . 541.10
1991–1995 53,860 26.2 . . . 545.30
1988–1990 6,110 3.0 . . . 564.30
2002 14,920 7.2 7.2 547.00
2001 22,130 10.7 18.0 557.90
2000 23,080 11.2 29.2 551.40
1999 24,490 11.9 41.1 556.50
1998 22,210 10.8 51.9 538.90
1997 21,090 10.2 62.1 532.60
1996 17,980 8.7 70.9 532.60
1995 14,310 7.0 77.8 539.20
1994 13,110 6.4 84.2 545.20
1993 10,100 4.9 89.1 537.50
1992 8,070 3.9 93.0 556.90
1991 8,270 4.0 97.0 554.10
1990 2,830 1.4 98.4 587.60
1989 2,190 1.1 99.5 550.60
1988 1,090 0.5 100.0 531.20
a. Represents those entitled in specified year or later.
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Master Beneficiary Record, 10 percent sample.
NOTE: . . . = not applicable.
CONTACT: Rona Blumenthal (410) 965-0163 or Dana N. Mercer (410) 966-6377.
Table 5.F11 Percentage distribution of nondisabled widows, by monthly benefit and age, December 2002
Monthly benefit (dollars) Total,
60 or older
60–61 62–64 65–69 70–74 75–79 80–84 85–89 90 or older
Total
Number 4,523,860 126,160 307,950 654,870 733,860 888,330 848,530 566,230 397,930
Percent 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Less than 300.00 2.9 3.3 4.1 2.9 3.3 3.3 2.8 2.5 0.9
300.00–349.90 1.9 1.2 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.7 2.0 2.4 4.7
350.00–399.90 2.0 2.0 1.9 1.9 2.0 2.1 2.1 2.1 1.9
400.00–449.90 2.5 2.8 2.6 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.3 2.6 2.8
450.00–499.90 2.9 2.9 2.9 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.8 3.0 3.6
500.00–549.90 3.2 3.5 3.3 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.5 4.0
550.00–599.90 3.7 3.7 3.5 3.4 3.4 3.6 3.8 4.0 4.2
600.00–649.90 4.6 4.4 4.1 4.0 4.1 4.7 4.9 5.5 4.8
650.00–699.90 5.1 4.5 4.7 4.7 4.7 5.0 5.3 5.8 6.3
700.00–749.90 6.0 5.1 5.6 5.3 5.3 6.0 6.3 6.3 7.4
750.00–799.90 6.2 5.6 6.1 5.9 5.9 6.3 5.8 6.0 8.5
800.00–849.90 6.8 6.0 6.5 6.5 6.8 7.1 6.4 6.3 8.2
850.00–899.90 7.4 7.1 7.0 7.1 7.9 8.1 6.8 6.5 8.5
900.00–949.90 7.6 7.8 8.1 9.3 9.1 7.4 6.8 5.8 6.4
950.00–999.90 7.2 7.9 8.5 8.9 7.3 7.1 6.9 5.5 5.8
1,000.00–1,049.90 6.1 7.0 8.1 6.8 6.0 6.1 5.7 5.4 5.4
1,050.00–1,099.90 5.1 7.1 6.7 5.6 5.9 5.0 4.7 4.3 3.5
1,100.00–1,149.90 4.0 6.2 5.3 4.5 4.4 3.8 3.6 3.4 2.5
1,150.00–1,199.90 3.1 5.4 3.7 3.4 3.2 3.2 3.1 2.8 1.6
1,200.00–1,249.90 2.6 3.8 2.4 2.5 2.8 3.0 2.8 2.3 1.3
1,250.00–1,299.90 2.1 2.0 1.4 2.3 2.5 2.1 2.2 2.1 1.1
1,300.00–1,349.90 1.8 0.4 1.0 2.0 2.0 1.8 2.2 2.3 1.1
1,350.00–1,399.90 1.2 0.1 0.5 1.4 1.1 1.0 1.3 1.9 0.9
1,400.00–1,449.90 0.9 0.1 0.3 0.9 0.7 0.7 1.2 1.5 0.7
1,450.00–1,499.90 0.6 0.0 0.1 0.5 0.4 0.5 1.0 1.1 0.6
1,500.00 or more 2.5 0.1 0.3 1.0 1.5 2.2 3.9 5.0 3.3
Average benefit (dollars) 863.10 845.20 835.70 867.30 863.60 856.80 881.30 885.50 825.10
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Master Beneficiary Record, 10 percent sample.
CONTACT: Rona Blumenthal (410) 965-0163 or Dana N. Mercer (410) 966-6377.
Table 5.F12 Number of widowed and surviving divorced mothers and fathers and total monthly benefits, by type of benefit, December 1950–2002, selected years
Year Total Widowed Surviving divorced
Subtotal With at least 1 child
under age 16 a
Entitled solely
because of at least
1 disabled child b
Number Total
monthly
benefits
thousands
of dollars)
Number Total
monthly
benefits
(thousands
of dollars)
Number Total
monthly
benefits
(thousands
of dollars)
Number Total
monthly
benefits
(thousands
of dollars)
Number Total
monthly
benefits
(thousands
of dollars)
1950 169,438 5,801 169,426 5,800 169,426 5,800 . . . . . . 12 c
1955 291,916 13,403 291,656 13,389 291,656 13,389 . . . . . . 260 14
1960 401,358 23,795 400,976 23,768 394,560 23,383 6,416 385 382 27
1961 428,138 25,425 427,699 25,395 420,258 24,938 7,441 457 439 30
1962 451,984 26,838 451,520 26,805 443,182 26,290 8,338 515 464 33
1963 461,675 27,438 461,211 27,405 452,106 26,830 9,105 575 464 32
1964 470,597 27,954 470,100 27,290 460,348 27,295 9,752 625 497 34
1965 471,816 30,882 471,286 30,842 461,011 30,132 10,275 710 530 40
1966 487,755 31,983 486,958 31,927 476,275 31,188 10,683 739 797 56
1967 496,307 32,686 495,308 32,616 483,808 31,791 11,500 825 999 71
1968 504,916 37,833 503,774 37,743 492,674 36,849 11,100 894 1,142 90
1969 511,639 38,406 510,355 38,305 499,324 37,402 11,031 902 1,284 101
1970 523,136 45,258 521,698 45,127 510,215 44,039 11,483 1,089 1,438 131
1971 535,126 51,163 533,560 51,055 520,301 49,603 13,259 1,402 1,566 158
1972 540,965 62,457 539,153 62,237 526,548 60,612 12,605 1,625 1,812 220
1973 571,907 67,578 565,327 66,823 551,509 64,985 13,818 1,838 6,580 754
1974 573,506 76,980 562,801 75,605 544,335 72,914 18,466 2,692 10,705 1,374
1975 581,845 85,676 565,941 83,435 544,886 80,068 21,075 3,366 15,904 2,241
1976 578,727 92,466 558,933 89,400 537,002 85,637 21,931 3,764 19,794 3,065
1977 583,195 101,345 558,886 97,227 536,481 93,091 22,405 4,136 24,309 4,117
1978 576,343 109,714 548,463 104,506 525,879 100,028 22,584 4,478 27,880 5,209
1979 573,750 121,957 541,480 115,284 518,564 110,235 22,916 5,049 32,270 6,674
1980 562,316 138,426 525,661 129,754 502,639 123,885 23,022 5,869 36,655 8,671
1981 547,593 151,509 507,777 140,990 484,427 134,299 23,350 6,691 39,816 10,518
1982 514,772 155,876 474,003 144,207 451,159 137,068 22,844 7,139 40,769 11,669
1983 400,298 123,559 363,946 112,979 339,367 104,956 24,579 8,022 36,352 10,581
1984 382,411 122,957 346,319 112,002 318,076 102,391 28,243 9,612 36,092 10,995
1985 371,659 123,557 335,085 112,117 306,004 101,812 29,081 10,304 36,574 11,440
1986 350,546 118,602 315,572 107,470 286,290 96,887 29,282 10,583 34,974 11,132
1987 340,940 115,967 307,581 104,888 278,582 93,871 28,999 11,017 33,359 11,079
1988 317,761 116,902 285,265 105,596 256,463 94,096 28,802 11,500 32,496 11,306
1989 312,079 120,970 280,006 109,184 251,646 97,170 28,360 12,014 32,073 11,786
1990 303,923 124,340 272,526 112,103 244,965 99,683 27,561 12,420 31,397 12,237
1991 300,661 127,510 269,679 114,962 242,379 102,085 27,300 12,877 30,982 12,548
1992 294,716 128,748 263,630 115,884 236,990 102,840 26,640 13,045 30,546 12,864
1993 289,350 129,752 259,320 116,771 232,794 103,365 26,526 13,407 30,030 12,981
1994 283,072 131,463 253,928 118,399 227,709 104,658 26,219 13,741 29,144 13,064
1995 275,020 131,430 247,113 118,550 221,494 104,664 25,619 13,886 27,907 12,881
1996 242,135 124,678 218,171 112,627 193,664 98,799 24,507 13,828 23,964 12,051
1997 230,222 122,488 207,658 110,774 184,184 97,120 23,474 13,654 22,564 11,714
1998 220,610 120,247 199,447 109,001 176,660 95,491 22,787 13,510 21,163 11,246
1999 212,401 120,157 192,544 109,195 170,572 95,732 21,972 13,463 19,857 10,962
2000 203,052 120,812 184,397 109,941 164,420 97,063 19,977 12,878 18,655 10,871
2001 197,375 122,526 179,413 111,539 160,186 98,672 19,227 12,867 17,962 10,987
2002 194,117 124,267 176,447 113,097 158,020 100,413 18,427 12,685 17,670 11,170
a. Prior to August 1981, benefits were payable to mothers and fathers caring for a child under age 18. For mothers and fathers caring for a child who was at least age 14 and who were entitled in August 1981, benefits were continued until the child attained age 18 or September 1983, whichever came earlier.
b. Excludes mothers and fathers who had both disabled and nondisabled entitled children in their care.
c. Less than $500.
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Master Beneficiary Record, 100 percent data.
NOTE: . . . = not applicable.
CONTACT: Rona Blumenthal (410) 965-0163 or Dana N. Mercer (410) 966-6377.
Table 5.F13 Number and average monthly benefit for nondisabled widows aged 65 or older, by age, reduction status, and limitation of benefit, December 2002
Age Number Average
monthly
benefit
(dollars)
Benefits not reduced due to early retirement of widow Benefits reduced due
to early retirement
of widow
Number Average
monthly
benefit
(dollars)
Benefits not limited due
to early retirement
of deceased spouse
Benefits limited due
to early retirement
of deceased spouse
Number Average
monthly
benefit
(dollars)
Number Average
monthly
benefit
(dollars)
Number Average
monthly
benefit
(dollars)
All nondisabled widows aged 65 or older 4,089,750 865.70 1,902,090 963.70 953,410 1,072.60 948,680 854.30 2,187,660 a 780.40
65–69 654,870 867.30 111,050 1,006.00 78,070 1,049.00 32,980 904.20 543,820 839.00
65 124,080 869.20 11,250 1,031.50 9,470 1,051.10 1,780 927.40 112,830 853.10
66 128,960 867.80 16,140 1,013.50 12,040 1,043.30 4,100 925.90 112,820 847.00
67 133,690 865.50 22,710 1,007.50 16,090 1,049.40 6,620 905.80 110,980 836.50
68 135,690 870.90 29,240 1,013.60 20,380 1,056.70 8,860 914.20 106,450 831.70
69 132,450 863.20 31,710 985.10 20,090 1,043.30 11,620 884.60 100,740 824.80
70–74 733,860 863.60 244,210 972.30 131,490 1,042.40 112,720 890.50 489,650 809.40
70 133,820 860.30 36,860 973.20 21,510 1,028.40 15,350 895.70 96,960 817.40
71 137,310 865.10 41,710 978.20 23,540 1,046.10 18,170 890.20 95,600 815.70
72 150,190 864.70 49,920 971.00 26,320 1,046.80 23,600 886.40 100,270 811.80
73 151,420 866.70 53,820 978.40 28,710 1,047.30 25,110 899.60 97,600 805.10
74 161,120 861.20 61,900 963.60 31,410 1,041.20 30,490 883.70 99,220 797.30
75–79 888,330 856.80 404,090 957.60 194,530 1,056.70 209,560 865.70 484,240 772.60
75 171,490 859.10 70,220 958.80 34,850 1,042.70 35,370 876.20 101,270 789.90
76 176,190 857.90 75,980 962.30 37,640 1,053.10 38,340 873.10 100,210 778.80
77 175,770 855.80 79,780 954.70 37,660 1,053.50 42,120 866.30 95,990 773.50
78 184,780 851.80 88,730 949.70 41,780 1,054.40 46,950 856.60 96,050 761.40
79 180,100 859.60 89,380 963.30 42,600 1,076.60 46,780 860.10 90,720 757.40
80–84 848,530 881.30 479,320 986.30 222,050 1,119.60 257,270 871.20 369,210 745.00
80 183,430 865.40 95,720 970.10 44,850 1,088.10 50,870 866.00 87,710 751.20
81 187,550 872.20 101,850 974.60 46,960 1,100.80 54,890 866.60 85,700 750.60
82 177,290 884.00 100,290 987.90 46,770 1,122.10 53,520 870.70 77,000 748.60
83 154,750 888.40 91,160 995.90 42,300 1,132.90 48,860 877.20 63,590 734.30
84 145,510 902.20 90,300 1,005.20 41,170 1,159.00 49,130 876.30 55,210 733.80
85–89 566,230 885.50 377,180 982.40 175,010 1,133.70 202,170 851.30 189,050 692.30
85 130,030 903.10 82,840 1,006.60 38,820 1,150.30 44,020 879.80 47,190 721.60
86 123,980 889.80 81,490 992.40 37,010 1,139.30 44,480 870.10 42,490 693.00
87 114,550 885.20 77,330 982.60 35,870 1,139.90 41,460 846.50 37,220 682.70
88 104,210 876.40 70,970 970.60 33,290 1,127.00 37,680 832.50 33,240 675.20
89 93,460 865.90 64,550 951.30 30,020 1,105.60 34,530 817.10 28,910 675.40
90 or older 397,930 825.10 286,240 886.10 152,260 992.10 133,980 765.70 111,690 668.60
a. Includes 154,580 widows with benefits also limited due to early retirement of spouse.
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Master Beneficiary Record, 10 percent sample.
CONTACT: Barbara Lingg (410) 965-0156 or Robert L. Hackendorf (410) 965-5536.