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California
4.7M
Texas
3.3M
New York
2.9M
Florida
2.8M
Illinois
2M
Pennsylvania
1.8M
Georgia
1.6M
Ohio
1.5M
North Carolina
1.5M
Michigan
1.4M
Massachusetts
1M
Washington
896.6K
Arizona
839.1K
Tennessee
831.1K
New Jersey
821.6K
Virginia
814K
Louisiana
791.4K
Oregon
762.4K
Alabama
761.2K
Wisconsin
691.3K
Oklahoma
661.6K
Maryland
657.5K
Missouri
657K
South Carolina
628.8K
Indiana
617.2K
Kentucky
547.6K
Colorado
542.2K
Nevada
469.2K
New Mexico
469.2K
Minnesota
439.5K
Mississippi
409.2K
Connecticut
380.4K
West Virginia
317.2K
Iowa
277K
Kansas
197K
Arkansas
191K
Hawaii
170.5K
Maine
164.6K
Utah
155.4K
Nebraska
154.6K
District of Columbia
146.2K
Rhode Island
140.3K
Idaho
123.6K
Delaware
120.3K
Alaska
97.9K
Montana
89.4K
South Dakota
71.1K
New Hampshire
70.1K
Vermont
69.8K
North Dakota
47.6K
Wyoming
30.3K

Welfare Recipients by State 2024

Welfare Recipients by State 2024

Welfare is a type of government support for the citizens of that society to meet their basic human needs such as food and shelter. Welfare programs typically provide either a free or subsidized supply of certain goods and services such as healthcare and education.

The United States has six major welfare programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income, Earned Income Tax Credit, Housing Assistance, and Medicaid. These six welfare programs are not to be confused with the four entitlement programs: Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and worker’s compensation.

Welfare recipients in the United States must prove their income falls below a certain target based on the federal poverty level in order to qualify. In April 2018, President Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to review employment requirements for TANF, Medicaid, SNAP, and housing assistance. Childless SNAP recipients who do not have disabilities, for example, must find a job within three months or lose their benefits.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) refers to food stamps. The number of SNAP recipients has decreased overall in most states. The number of recipients grew during 2007-2011 due to the recession and has seen a steady decline since, most likely because of an improving economy and the imposed three-month limit.

The ten states that have the highest number of SNAP recipients in 2022 are:

State
SNAP Recipients June 2022
California4.7M
Texas3.3M
New York2.9M
Florida2.8M
Illinois2M
Pennsylvania1.8M
Georgia1.6M
Ohio1.5M
North Carolina1.5M
Michigan1.4M

Welfare Recipients by State 2024

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State
SNAP Recipients June 2022
SNA Recipients May 2023
SNAP Recipients June 2023
Change June 2023 Vs May 2023
Change June 2023 Vs June 2022
California4.7M5.2M5.3M1%11.1%
Texas3.3M3.3M3.2M-1.5%-0.4%
New York2.9M2.9M2.9M-0.6%0.9%
Florida2.8M3M3M-1.8%4.7%
Illinois2M2M2M-0.3%-0.2%
Pennsylvania1.8M1.9M1.9M0.2%6%
Georgia1.6M1.5M1.4M-5.3%-12%
Ohio1.5M1.4M1.4M0.5%-6.5%
North Carolina1.5M1.6M1.6M-1.1%5.9%
Michigan1.4M1.4M1.4M-0.2%6%
Massachusetts1M1.1M1.1M0.1%4.3%
Washington896.6K891.6K909.4K2%1.4%
Arizona839.1K900.6K915.7K1.7%9.1%
Tennessee831.1K779K746.1K-4.2%-10.2%
New Jersey821.6K777.2K779.3K0.3%-5.1%
Virginia814K855.3K846.8K-1%4%
Louisiana791.4K891.5K892K0.1%12.7%
Oregon762.4K737.9K736.5K-0.2%-3.4%
Alabama761.2K772.8K775.4K0.3%1.9%
Wisconsin691.3K706.5K704.9K-0.2%2%
Oklahoma661.6K675.4K682.6K1.1%3.2%
Maryland657.5K670.9K670.3K-0.1%1.9%
Missouri657K655.7K655.7K0%-0.2%
South Carolina628.8K638.6K636K-0.4%1.2%
Indiana617.2K594K599K0.8%-2.9%
Kentucky547.6K556K555.2K-0.1%1.4%
Colorado542.2K572.3K574.2K0.3%5.9%
Nevada469.2K493.3K498.6K1.1%6.2%
New Mexico469.2K484.6K480.5K-0.8%2.4%
Minnesota439.5K459.4K458.4K-0.2%4.3%
Mississippi409.2K390.5K397.8K1.9%-2.8%
Connecticut380.4K398.1K396.8K-0.3%4.3%
West Virginia317.2K300.7K293.6K-2.4%-7.4%
Iowa277K262.2K262.8K0.2%-5.1%
Kansas197K187.1K190.2K1.7%-3.4%
Arkansas191K276.4K269K-2.7%40.8%
Hawaii170.5K156.1K157.1K0.7%-7.8%
Maine164.6K167K167.9K0.5%2%
Utah155.4K158.6K158.7K0.1%2.1%
Nebraska154.6K156.4K156.8K0.3%1.5%
District of Columbia146.2K137.7K141.2K2.6%-3.4%
Rhode Island140.3K143.5K142K-1%1.2%
Idaho123.6K125.3K125.6K0.3%1.7%
Delaware120.3K120.2K121.5K1.1%1%
Alaska97.9K52.9K54.1K2.3%-44.8%
Montana89.4K84.8K84.7K-0.1%-5.2%
South Dakota71.1K71.4K71.5K0.2%0.6%
New Hampshire70.1K76.3K77.4K1.5%10.5%
Vermont69.8K70.5K73.2K3.9%5%
North Dakota47.6K44.9K45.2K0.7%-5%
Wyoming30.3K29.6K29.6K-0.1%-2.2%
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Welfare Recipients by State 2024

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