It likely comes as no surprise in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis: More people got some form of public assistance in 2012 than they did in 2000.

That's according to the U.S. Census Bureau*, which this week released data showing that in 2012, 3.3 million households reported getting help from the government in the past 12 months, up from 2.7 million 12 years earlier. 

The rise in government assistance is not universal to all states, as the map below shows. Twenty-six states saw an increase in both the number and percentage of households receiving public cash assistance from 2000 to 2012. Only four states saw a decrease in both.

Among the states with the highest total number of households receiving some kind of assistance in 2012 were Alaska, California, Maine, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

In the map below, the color red represents states that have seen a statistically significant increase in the percentage of households receiving assistance from 2000 to 2012. Green states have seen a decrease and white states showed no statistical change.

*This report defines public assistance as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, and General Assistance, or GA. It does not include Social Security insurance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or payments received for medical care.

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