If you use those who are supported by Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)--best described as a federal largess to indigent families with dependent children--as stated by the Dept. of Health the data suggests 1.7% of the total population that derive over 50% of their income from Welfare supports.
The number stated that receive any portion of their support from from welfare assistance--including food stamps--it is 29,900,000 or roughly 800% of the total population in the United States.
This breaks down to:
39% white 11,661,000 of 29,900,000 recipients
38% black 11,362,000 of 29,900,000
17% Hispanic 5,083,000 of 29,900,000
The strictest sense of the term though would be those getting income directly from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services which is about 8% of the total population that receives some form of assistance and 1.7% that receive most of their income (50% or more) from these programs.
Programs like unemployment insurance or social security payments can technically be counted as "welfare" in some instances though they are differentiated from federal programs like TANF or food stamps.
impossible to determine by status
The percentage of people in the US that can read is 99% .
According to CNBC.com 2012, the state with the highest percentage of citizens on welfare is Caloforna. It is documented that 3.30% of the population is on assistance. Their unemployment rate is around 11%.
US census states:There are 38 million black people11.4 million of them are on welfare, or 30%.(11.4 million / 38 million = .3 or 30%)There are 229 million white people,11.6 million of them are on welfare, or 5%.(11.6 / 229 = .05 or 5%)i.e.30% of black people are on welfare5% of white people are on welfare
100% all races ask for welfare
White people make up 42% of the poor, but take in 69% of government benefits
Under 1% of americans are on welfare compared to all americans.
what percent of us population receive welfare benefits