Financial Self-Sufficiency
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

People Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

What does this measure?

The number of people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), per 1,000 residents.

Why is this important?

SSI benefits are intended to meet the basic economic needs of aged (65 and over), blind, and disabled persons with little or no income. This indicator is a measure of the number of needy individuals in the community beyond those who are receiving public assistance.

How is our county performing?

In 2018, there were 26 SSI recipients per 1,000 residents in Berks, less than the statewide rate of 28. The county's rate grew 70% between 2000 and 2018, while the state rate rose 20%; however, the county rate has remained consistently below the state rate over that timeframe.

Berks was the slightly lower than Lehigh at 27 and similar to Schuylkill at 26. Lancaster, Lebanon and Montgomery had lower rates at 17, 18 and 10, respectively. Rates of SSI recipients were lowest in Chester at 8 per 1,000 residents.

Notes about the data

The data do not necessarily reflect the actual number of people eligible for SSI. To receive this benefit, people must apply and be deemed eligible. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter.

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People Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
United States23232424242424242525262626262626252525
Berks County15161718181920212223242425262625262626
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County7777777777888888888
Lancaster County14141515151516161717181819191918181717
Lebanon County13141414151415151516161718181818181918
Lehigh County19202122232324242526272829303028272727
Montgomery County889998889991010101110101010
Schuylkill County20212121222222232324252526272727272726

Source: U.S. Social Security Administration
Notes: Rates expressed per 1,000 residents.

Number of People Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
United States6,580,9316,667,8556,766,9746,881,2296,966,2147,091,8427,213,0117,336,6047,496,8097,652,0687,886,9628,086,1188,235,2398,335,6088,307,6318,281,6458,223,3488,200,0768,101,879
Berks County5,6156,0386,4216,8247,2207,3878,0608,4718,9559,3189,6849,95710,34210,60910,64310,54810,65210,82110,748
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County3,1073,2093,2783,3173,3193,3843,4083,4843,5783,6633,8283,9134,1334,2414,3144,2174,1314,1384,196
Lancaster County6,3576,8316,9647,2887,4737,6407,9748,1568,4628,8939,2499,5519,93410,1669,9579,7669,5579,3859,297
Lebanon County1,5961,6351,6951,7241,8081,8131,8861,9302,0202,0662,1762,3302,4522,4902,4722,4412,5482,6272,586
Lehigh County5,8056,1596,5857,0547,5797,6547,9688,3048,5599,0319,48010,02610,42710,71610,8269,8969,8939,9309,963
Montgomery County5,9646,3076,5306,7566,7406,5316,4046,5866,8207,0217,4607,7498,2398,3878,6078,3998,4248,5418,511
Schuylkill County2,9493,0743,1053,1663,2063,2083,2783,3453,4103,4873,6553,7533,8353,9193,9353,8623,8233,8443,757

Source: U.S. Social Security Administration

Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Maintaining
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households by type Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Seniors Living Alone Decreasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
Employment to Population ratio Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Enrollment in Local Colleges Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income Increasing
Health Status Not Applicable
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Students in K-6 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Rent Increasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Toxic Chemical Releases Decreasing
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing