The Number of People in Federal Programs Has Grown Faster
Created on January 8, 2013
PERCENT CHANGE SINCE 1988
Number of People Receiving Benefits from Federal Programs
Index of Dependence on Government Score
Sources: David B. Muhlhausen and Patrick D. Tyrrell, “2013 Index of Dependence on Government,” Heritage Foundation Special Report, forthcoming; Miriam King, et al., Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, Current Population Survey: Version 3.0 (machine-readable database), University of Minnesota, 2010; and Heritage Foundation calculations based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau.