Skip Navigation
Link to HHS Website Department of Health & Human Services
 
Link to Administration on Aging HomePage
  Home > Aging Statistics > Profile of Older Americans
Home
About AoA
Press Room
Elders & Families
Emergency Preparedness
Aging Statistics
AoA Programs
Program Results
Grant Opportunities
AoA Funded Resource Centers
              

A Profile of Older Americans: 2005

Marital Status

men, 42% of women (Figure 2). Almost half of all older women in 2004 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 10.6% of all older persons in 2004. However, this percentage has increased since 1980, when approximately 5.3% of the older population were divorced or separated/spouse absent.


Figure 1: Number of Persons 65 plus from 1900 to 2030.  this shows a strong increase from 3.1 in 1900 to a projected 71.9 in 2030.

(Based on Internet releases of data from the 2004 Current Population Survey of the U.S. Bureau of the Census)

Back to Previous | Main | Next