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Learn where someone was born from their Social Security number


Social Security card SSN chartIn the United States, a Social Security number (SSN) is a nine-digit number issued to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and temporary (working) residents under section 205(c)(2) of the Social Security Act, codified as 42 U.S.C. § 405(c)(2). The number is issued to an individual by the Social Security Administration, an independent agency of the United States government. The first three digits of a person’s SSN will tell you which state they were born in.

A SSN chart is posted after the jump. Enjoy.

Alabama
416-424
Alaska
574
Arizona
526-527, 600-601, 764-765
Arkansas
429-432, 676-679
California
545-573, 602-626
Colorado
521-524, 650-653
Connecticut
040-049
Delaware
221-222
District of Columbia
577-579
Florida
261-267, 589-595, 766-772
Georgia
252-260, 667-675
Hawaii
575-576, 750-751
Idaho
518-519
Illinois
318-361
Indiana
303-317
Iowa
478-485
Kansas
509-515
Kentucky
400-407
Louisiana
433-439, 659-665
Maine
004-007
Maryland
212-220
Massachusetts
010-034
Michigan
362-386
Minnesota
468-477
Mississippi
425-428, 587, 752-755,* 588*
Missouri
486-500
Montana
516-517
Nebraska
505-508
Nevada
530, 680
New Hampshire
001-003

New Jersey

135-158

New Mexico

585, 648-649

New York

050-134

North Carolina
232, 237-246, 681-690
North Dakota
501-502
Ohio
268-302
Oklahoma
440-448
Oregon
540-544
Pennsylvania
159-211
Puerto Rico
580-584, 596-599
Rhode Island
035-039
South Carolina
247-251,654-658
South Dakota
503-504
Tennessee
408-415, 756-763*
Texas
449-467, 627-645
Utah
528-529, 646-647
Vermont
008-009
Virginia
223-231, 691-699*
Washington
531-539
West Virginia
232-236
Wisconsin
387-399
Wyoming
520
Virgin Islands and
Puerto Rico
580
Guam, American Samoa, Philippine Islands
586
700-728 (RR Retirement Board – All States) Issuance of these numbers to railroaders was discontinued on July 1, 1963
A Social Security number starting with 000 is never valid. 729-733 enumeration at entry.
When the same numbers are in two different areas, it means that they were transferred from one state to another, or that the area was divided.
*Numbers allocated, but not yet used

This data is for informational purposes only. It was derived from the Social Security Online website at www.socialsecurity.gov.

A history of Social Security is located at the government site, and you may search the Social Security Death Index for your deceased relatives.

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6 Responses to “Learn where someone was born from their Social Security number”

  1. Christel says:

    This is only partially true. Currently, SSNs are issued at birth and so there’s a link between the digits and the state. But in the past, parents could wait to get their child’s SSN and often only did so because relatives bought savings bonds or other financial gifts that required them. As such, folks born in the 70’s or earlier won’t always have a match (I’m a case in point, born in Iowa but “registered” after we moved to NY, so I’m an 075).

  2. Nicole says:

    Same thing here. I was born in 1980 in Iowa, but have a Tx issued SSN. Same with my husband born in ’77 in LA with a Tx issued SSN.

  3. Tyler Longfield says:

    Thanks for sharing this.I will post it forward to rss feeds to get the word out.

  4. Christal says:

    so how do i find what city i was born in? born after 90s, but adopted from a different state than i grew up in

  5. Mike says:

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  6. Matt says:

    This is interesting – Another interesting point – if you were born overseas, you get a SSN based on where your parents were born. I was born in Ontario, Canada, but I have a 116-xx SSN. I guess this is due to the fact that my parents (both) are from NY.

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