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States Paying the Most for Social Assistance in the US

States Paying the Most for Social Assistance in the US

In the United States, Social Security payments are made every month. There are many programs that benefit eligible individuals, such as SNAP and Social Security.

However, these are not the only programs linked to help those in need. According to official data from the Social Security Administration (SSA), about 65 million people in the United States depend on social assistance programs. Of that total, nearly 40 million people benefit from the aforementioned Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

In addition to SNAP, social assistance includes Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Medicaid. With this funding, families can buy food, pay for their essential expenses, and receive low-cost medical services.

Obviously, all these programs are federal, but each state manages the funds and distributes them in the best way possible. Each part of the country has a different lifestyle, which is reflected in the cost, so help varies.

California leads the way in aid

If we talk about SNAP benefits, California leads the pack with an incredible 1,911,000 benefiting families. Florida followed with 1,632,000 and Texas with 1,595,000. Although New York and Pennsylvania round out the top five, this underscores the connection between states with high populations and the prevalence of welfare recipients.

Meanwhile, California has 237,614 TANF beneficiaries and 13,812,733 of its citizens enrolled in Medicaid. In the following way, you can determine which states in the country send the highest amount of money according to their per capita income.

1-New York: leads the table with about $4,119 USD per capita in local welfare spending.

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2-Alaska: Spends $3,729 USD per capita.

3-Massachusetts: Approximately $3,657 USD per person.

4-New Mexico: State and local welfare spending per capita is $3,488 USD.

5-California: $3,403 USD per capita.