A recent report published by the Social Security Administration (SSA) shows that a significantly higher percentage of people in rural communities rely on Social Security disability payments than in other communities like cities and towns. In many rural communities, including rural communities that make up much of Texas, Social Security disability payments yield an average of almost ten percent of the total income.
Let’s look at a few more facts from the report, which was based on data provided by the federal government:
- In the United States, 5.5 percent of the total income is from Social Security payments. In large cities, 5 percent of the total income is from Social Security.
- Almost 24 percent of those residing in rural communities receive some kind of Social Security. Only 15 percent of those in large cities receive Social Security benefits. The U.S. average is 16.7 percent.
- The average Social Security recipient received $2,164 from the program last year. The average rural resident with Social Security benefits received $2,831. The average city dweller with Social Security received $2,055 in payments.
- Just under 21 percent of rural Social Security recipients receive money for a disability. Eighteen percent of urban Social Security recipients are disabled.
What do these numbers tell us? Experts believe that rural areas are simply poorer than cities and suburbs, meaning that medical care is harder to come by and overall health is worse. At the same time, some with disabilities may move to rural areas where the cost of living is lower and housing is more affordable. Also, rural populations tend to have older residents – those who are more likely to be disabled and those who are more likely to receive retirement benefits.
Do you live in rural Texas and believe you qualify for disability benefits? Speak to a Dallas Social Security disability attorney at Morgan & Weisbrod today to learn more about your case and take steps toward receiving the benefits you deserve. Our lawyers offer a free, private consultation.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.