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Marital Status

In 2013, older men were much more likely to be married than older women--71% of men, 45% of women (Figure 2). Widows accounted for 36% of all older women in 2013. There were more than three times as many widows (8.7 million) as widowers (2.3 million).

Divorced and separated (including married/spouse absent) older persons represented only 13% of all older persons in 2013. However, this percentage has increased since 1980, when approximately 5.3% of the older population were divorced or separated/spouse absent.

Figure 2 is a chart showing the gender differences as men are more likely to be married (71% to 45%) and women more likely to be widowed (36% to 12%).

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement, Table A1. Marital Status of People 15 Years and Over, by Age, Sex, Personal Earnings, Race, and Hispanic origin, 2013. Released November 2013.

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