About 56 million people receive monthly Social Security benefits. Who they are, and how much they get:
—36 million retired workers. Average monthly benefit: $1,235.
—8.7 million disabled workers. Average benefit: $1,111.
—2.5 million spouses. Average benefit: $590.
—4.3 million children. Average benefit: $564.
—4.4 million widows and widowers. Average benefit: $1,152.
Source: Social Security Administration.
Social Security beneficiary data: http://tinyurl.com/26alhuu