More than 89 percent of Coloradans of retirement age are tapping into social security. The nonprofit Institute for Women's Policy Research says nationwide reliance on the benefit for a prime source of retirement income over the past decade has increased 6 percentage points among men and 4 points for women.
"It's bigger than all other income sources combined," said Heidi Hartmann, executive director of IWPR. "Some people have earnings, some have pensions, some have assets. But 90 percent of the retired have social security."
KUNC: More Retirees Reliant on Social Security, report says (2011-01-27)