Social Security and SSI Statistics by

Congressional District, December 2002

Massachusetts

Old-Age (retirement), Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI)–popularly referred to as Social Security–provides
monthly benefits to workers and their families when earnings stop or are reduced because the worker retires, dies, or
becomes disabled. The amount of benefits received is based on the worker’s level of earnings in employment or selfemployment covered by the Social Security program.
Table 1.—OASDI in Massachusetts, December 2002: Number of beneficiaries and monthly benefit amount for benefits in
current–payment status
Monthly benefit amount
(thousands of dollars)

Number of beneficiaries
Congressional
district

Retired
workers 1

Total

United States, total ........... 46,444,240

Disabled
Wives and
workers Widow(er)s 2 husbands

All
beneficiaries

4,967,155 2,832,767 3,910,187

Retired
workers Widow(er)s 2

37,854,411

26,125,087

4,169,125

33,162,456

Massachusetts .........................

1,060,273

695,460

132,205

98,881

51,340

82,387

880,644

625,676

86,921

784,863

1 ...............................................
2 ...............................................
3 ...............................................
4 ...............................................
5 ...............................................

114,837
114,643
103,408
108,380
91,677

72,876
72,738
67,367
71,287
58,568

15,596
15,863
13,632
13,672
12,498

10,913
10,806
9,529
9,800
8,054

5,468
4,927
4,526
5,306
4,294

9,984
10,309
8,354
8,315
8,263

92,151
92,361
84,486
89,443
76,188

63,780
64,204
59,563
63,541
53,330

9,349
9,135
8,251
8,617
6,981

82,108
81,680
75,660
80,224
65,005

6 ...............................................
7 ...............................................
8 ...............................................
9 ...............................................
10.............................................

110,233
110,014
69,447
104,859
132,775

75,090
76,535
40,483
68,866
91,650

11,426
11,173
13,228
12,618
12,499

10,717
10,309
5,586
10,316
12,851

5,869
5,666
2,522
5,017
7,745

7,131
6,331
7,628
8,042
8,030

95,544
96,427
51,522
88,524
113,994

69,605
71,579
33,516
62,595
83,959

9,790
9,475
4,284
9,276
11,759

85,332
87,401
45,206
78,649
103,598

1
2

29,190,150 5,543,981

Children

Number
of OASDI
beneficiaries
aged 65
or older

Includes special age-72 beneficiaries.
Includes nondisabled widow(er)s, disabled widow(er)s, widowed mothers and fathers, and parents.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal cash assistance program that provides monthly payments to low-income
aged, blind, or disabled persons in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Table 2.—SSI in Massachusetts, December 2002: Number of persons receiving federally administered payments and
monthly benefit amount
Monthly benefit amount
(thousands of dollars)

Number of recipients
Congressional
district

Number of recipients

Total

Aged

Blind

Disabled

Total

Aged

Blind

Disabled

With
OASDI 1

Aged 65
or older

United States, total ................

6,787,857

1,251,528

77,658

5,458,671

2,951,425

415,574

35,144

2,500,707

2,406,327

1,995,284

Massachusetts ..............................

166,566

44,958

4,033

117,575

74,098

15,912

1,890

56,295

62,381

48,318

1 ....................................................
2 ....................................................
3 ....................................................
4 ....................................................
5 ....................................................

17,718
20,788
16,287
16,601
16,975

3,268
3,845
4,142
5,019
4,289

472
467
356
444
391

13,978
16,476
11,789
11,138
12,295

7,861
9,513
7,065
6,913
7,606

923
1,202
1,327
1,556
1,570

213
212
165
201
178

6,725
8,098
5,573
5,156
5,858

7,207
7,770
6,418
7,084
5,857

3,552
4,199
4,502
5,426
4,592

6 ....................................................
7 ....................................................
8 ....................................................
9 ....................................................
10..................................................

12,465
11,386
30,062
14,722
9,562

3,711
3,939
10,187
4,183
2,375

325
323
628
338
289

8,429
7,124
19,247
10,201
6,898

5,500
4,911
14,447
6,443
3,840

1,343
1,413
4,390
1,491
699

157
144
323
173
125

4,001
3,354
9,734
4,779
3,017

4,761
4,528
9,299
5,229
4,228

3,988
4,185
10,788
4,498
2,588

1 Includes

persons who are receiving both SSI payments and Social Security benefits.

Contact: Cherice Jefferies (410) 965-5520.
Social Security Administration • Office of Policy • Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics • March 2003