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 2019, 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 2019, while the state rate rose 20%; however, the county rate has remained consistently below the state rate over that timeframe.

Berks was slightly lower than Lehigh at 27 and similar to Schuylkill at 26. Lancaster, Lebanon and Montgomery had lower rates at 17, 19 and 11, 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 States2323242424242424252526262626262625252525
Berks County1516171818192021222324242526262526262626
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County77777777778888888888
Lancaster County1414151515151616171718181919191818171717
Lebanon County1314141415141515151616171818181818191819
Lehigh County1920212223232424252627282930302827272727
Montgomery County88999888999101010111010101011
Schuylkill County2021212122222223232425252627272727272626

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

Number of People Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
United States6,580,9316,667,8556,766,9746,881,2296,966,2147,091,8427,213,0117,336,6047,496,8097,652,0687,886,9628,086,1188,235,2398,335,6088,307,6318,281,6458,223,3488,200,0768,101,8798,050,300
Berks County5,6156,0386,4216,8247,2207,3878,0608,4718,9559,3189,6849,95710,34210,60910,64310,54810,65210,82110,74810,740
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County3,1073,2093,2783,3173,3193,3843,4083,4843,5783,6633,8283,9134,1334,2414,3144,2174,1314,1384,1964,260
Lancaster County6,3576,8316,9647,2887,4737,6407,9748,1568,4628,8939,2499,5519,93410,1669,9579,7669,5579,3859,2979,261
Lebanon County1,5961,6351,6951,7241,8081,8131,8861,9302,0202,0662,1762,3302,4522,4902,4722,4412,5482,6272,5862,667
Lehigh County5,8056,1596,5857,0547,5797,6547,9688,3048,5599,0319,48010,02610,42710,71610,8269,8969,8939,9309,9639,856
Montgomery County5,9646,3076,5306,7566,7406,5316,4046,5866,8207,0217,4607,7498,2398,3878,6078,3998,4248,5418,5118,834
Schuylkill County2,9493,0743,1053,1663,2063,2083,2783,3453,4103,4873,6553,7533,8353,9193,9353,8623,8233,8443,7573,707

Source: U.S. Social Security Administration

Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in K-6 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
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 Maintaining
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
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
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
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
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