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Source: AARP Public Policy Institute estimates from the March 2012–2014 Current Population Survey, U.S. Bureau of the Census.

Notes: The percent figures shown for each state and the US refer to the percent of the population ages 65+ in that location that relies on Social Security for the given share (50% or more, or 90% or more) of family income.

Reliance figures are calculated for the population ages 65+, which includes beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries, as a percent of their total family incomes. Persons in the sample have positive income from assets and total income and non-negative earnings. Data were averaged over 2011-2013 to address the problem of small numbers of observations for some states. The US total is from 2013 and is therefore not equal to the sum of the state totals.

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