AARP recently released one-page fact sheets outlining how Social Security is used in each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. The guides are available as PDFs at www.aarp.org.
Here are some highlights:
- Nationally, 91 percent of older citizens receive Social Security. Forty-seven percent would have incomes below the poverty line if they did not receive Social Security.
- Connecticut has the highest average personal income ($50,762), second only to Washington, D.C. ($57,746).
- Thirty-eight percent of Mississippi residents over 65 depend on Social Security as their only source of income.