Social Security by the Numbers

As with all government programs, the numbers are much more understandable when viewed on a per-person or per-family basis.  The numbers in this essay are from 2004. The Social Security Web site states that a single person retiring in 2004 at age 66, who had always paid in the maximum, would receive $21,924 per year. A married couple with a nonworking spouse (“Family”) would receive $32,880.

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