Participation in Government Programs
Who Gets Assistance?

The Census Bureau produces a series of reports, Dynamics of Economic Well-being based on data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation.

The reports on Participation in Government Programs: Who Gets assistance focus on the participation in major means-tested programs and the characteristics of people who receive benefits.

Frequency and Timespan: Irregular reports issued from 1989 to the present

Geographic Level of Coverage: Nation, with some regional data

Publications available online


Irving, Shelley K. and Tracy A. Loveless, “Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Participation in Government Programs, 2009–2012: Who Gets Assistance?” Current Population Reports, P70-141, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC, 2015. (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2015.  Accessed 11/13/2015