A Profile of Older Americans: 2011
In 2010, older men were much more likely to be married than older women--72% of men, 42% of women (Figure 2). Widows accounted for 40% of all older women in 2010. There were over four times as many widows (8.7 million) as widowers (2.1 million).
Divorced and separated (including married/spouse absent) older persons represented only 12.4% of all older persons in 2010. However, this percentage has increased since 1980, when approximately 5.3% of the older population were divorced or separated/spouse absent.
(Based on Internet releases of data from the 2010 Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the U.S. Census Bureau)
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