Disability beneficiaries in all 50 states

Infographic: Map of Disability Beneficiaries In All 50 States

Millions of disabled Americans rely on the Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) programs to help make ends meet. Ever wondered which U.S. state has the largest number of disability beneficiaries? What about the fewest? Keep reading to learn more interesting facts about disability beneficiaries. For a quick look at each state’s numbers, check out our U.S. map below to see:

  • How many disabled workers currently receive SSDI benefits in each state
  • The state’s average SSDI monthly payment amount
  • The total number of SSI disability beneficiaries in each state
  • That state’s average SSI monthly payment amount

Interactive Map of Disability Beneficiaries by State

Surprising Facts About Disability Beneficiaries

How Old Are Most Disability Beneficiaries?

According to the SSA, the average age for disability beneficiaries currently getting SSDI is 55 years old. More than 57% of SSI beneficiaries in January 2021 were aged 18-64; 29% were aged 65 or older, and 14% are disabled minor children.

What Percentage of Americans Are Actually Disabled?

The CDC shows about 61 million Americans (a little more than 1 in 4) live with some form of disability. Of those, about 8.2 million disabled workers received monthly SSDI payments in January 2021. Another 4.5 million working-age disabled Americans are monthly SSI beneficiaries. Add those together, and a little more than 1/5th of the disabled U.S. population is unable to work and currently receiving government benefits.

Disability Beneficiaries By Gender

In 2020, 52.4% of SSDI awards went to men; 47.6% went to women. The average SSDI benefit for newly approved men was $1,589.14/month. However, women with newly approved claims received $1,282.27 per month in SSDI benefits, on average.

If you’re considering applying for either SSDI or SSI, consult an experienced disability lawyer. People who file claims through a lawyer are 3x more likely to get benefits right away. Unfortunately, the SSA turns down many eligible applicants. Those who qualify for legal assistance through our website typically receive $12,000 in lump-sum backpay as well as monthly benefits. These lawyers all work on contingency, so you’ll pay nothing for legal assistance now. In fact, if the SSA doesn’t approve your claim, you owe $0 to the lawyer who helped you. But if your case does win, then you’ll only pay a small, one-time fee.

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Lori Polemenakos is Director of Consumer Content and SEO strategist for LeadingResponse, a legal marketing company. An award-winning journalist, writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas, she's produced articles for major brands such as Match.com, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, Xfinity, Mail.com, and edited several published books. Since 2016, she's published hundreds of articles about Social Security disability, workers' compensation, veterans' benefits, personal injury, mass tort, auto accident claims, bankruptcy, employment law and other related legal issues.