Americans on Food Stamps Decline--From 47,760,247 to 47,637,497

By Terence P. Jeffrey | October 21, 2013 | 5:21pm EDT

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( - The number of Americans enrolled in the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—commonly known as food stamps—declined from 47,760,247 in June to 47,637,407 in July, according to data released this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

At 47,637,407, there are still more Americans taking food stamps than there are people in Spain, which, according to the CIA World Factbook, has a population of 47,370,542.

The number of households benefiting from food stamps also declined from June to July, dropping from 23,116,892 to 23,074,914 in July. That means that 20.16 percent of the nation’s 114,663,000 households were on food stamps in June, and 20.12 percent were on food stamps in July.

As reported last month, the number of households on food stamps nationwide in June outnumbered all of the households in the Northeast United States—which, the Census Bureau says, includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Despite the small June-to-July decline in the number of households on food stamps, the 23,074,914 households remaining on food stamps in July continued to outnumber the 20,618,000 households in the entire Northeast United States.

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