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When Social Security began paying benefits in the early 1940's, for every one American aged 65 or older, there were 8.6 in their primary working years (ages 20 to 64). How much has this ratio increased since then?

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In 2014, for every one American aged 65 or older, there are 4.2 who are 20 to 64 years old. This is an increase of about 100% in the Social Security Dependency Ratio.

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