Center on Budget & Policy Priorities - Social Security lifted 21 million people out of poverty last year, our new analysis of Census data finds. social-security-poverty-11.9.15.png
Without Social Security benefits, 41 percent of elderly Americans would have incomes below the official poverty line, all else being equal. With Social Security, only 10 percent do.
Social Security is also important for non-elderly adults and children. It lifted more than 1 million children from poverty in 2014. Some of these children receive benefits because a parent died, became disabled, or retired; others live with relatives who receive Social Security.