Index of Dependence on Government in the U.S. 1980-2010

This statistic shows the Index of Dependence on Government in the United States from 1980 to 2010. The index has increased from 100 to 294 between 1980, the base year, and 2010.

The Index of Dependence on Government measures how much federal social programs have grown. The index consists of five components: Housing assistance, health care and welfare programs, retirement programs, higher education assistance, and rural and agricultural services.

Index of Dependence on Government* in the United States from 1980 to 2010

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Source

Release date

February 2012

Region

United States

Survey time period

1980 to 2010

Supplementary notes

* The Index of Dependence on Government measures how much federal social programs have grown. The index consists of five components: Housing assistance, health care and welfare programs, retirement programs, higher education assistance, and rural and agricultural services. These government programs are identified as contributing to dependence on government.

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