Social Security Numbers - What are they?
The first three digits in a social security number indicate either where the person applied (if before 1972) or where they resided at the time (for those after 1972). It does not necessarily indicate where the person was born. (However, this does put them in a location in a given time frame).
The middle two digits are a code to identify fraudelent numbers.
The last four were randomly assigned.
What happens to my social security number after my death? According to the SSA, SSNs are not recycled. Upon an individual's death, the number is removed from the active files and is not reused. Recycling numbers might become an issue someday, but not any time soon -- statisticians say that the nine-digit SSN allows for approximately one billion possible combinations.
About Social Security Death Index: The Social Security Administration Death Master File contains information on millions of deceased individuals with United States social security numbers whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration. Birth years for the individuals listed range from 1875 to last year. Information in these records includes name, birth date, death date, and last known residence.
001-003 New Hampshire (NH)
035-039 Rhode Island
050-134 New York
135-158 New Jersey
232-236 West Virginia
237-246 North Carolina
501-502 North Dakota
503-504 South Dakota
525 New Mexico
574SE Asian refugees between April 1975 and November 1979
577-579 District of Columbia
580 Virgin Islands
580-584 Puerto Rico
585 New Mexico
586SE Asian refugees between April 1975 and November 1979
586 American Samoa, Philipine Islands, Gaum
596-599 Puerto Rico
648-649 New Mexico
700-728 Railroad Retirement Board numbers used thru 1963 then discontinued
900-999 Not valid for SS-- used for federal aid programs for identification purposes.