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A Profile of Older Americans: 2004

Marital Status

In 2003, older men were much more likely to be married than older women--71% of men, 41% of women (Figure 2). Almost half of all older women in 2003 were widows (43%). There were over four times as many widows (8.2 million) as widowers (2.0 million).

Divorced and separated (including married/spouse absent) older persons represented only 10.7% of all older persons in 2003. However, this percentage has increased since 1980, when approximately 5.3% of the older population were divorced or separated/spouse absent.

Figure 2: Marital status of Persons 65 and older in 2003. 41 percent of women are married versus 71 percent of men.  44 percent of women are widowed versus 14 percent of men. 11 percent of women are divorced or seperated/spouse absent versus 10 percent of men. 4 percent of men and women are single never being married.


(Based on Internet releases of data from the 2003 Current Population Survey of the U.S. Bureau of the Census)


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