American Income from Government Benefits

The share of Americans’ income that comes from government benefit programs, like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, more than doubled over the last four decades, rising from 8 percent in 1969 to 18 percent in 2009. Check out the interactive visualization on New York Times.

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In 2009, the government accounts for 17.6% of personal income. Government payments to individuals in more than 50 benefit programs, from food stamps to Medicare. One has to ask, where will be in another few years?

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