Friday, August 5, 2011

Utah's rural counties dependent on Social Security

In a county-by-county analysis of 2010 data, AARP Utah found that statewide, 312,029 Utahns rely on Social Security — including 28,000 children — and pump $351 million into the economy. According to 2007 data, Medicare provides basic health care for 277,783 state residents. Of the state’s 29 counties, the 11 that comprise the Five County and Six County associations of government are in the top 15 most dependent on Social Security. Salt Lake Tribune