A Profile of Older Americans: 2007
In 2006, older men were much more likely to be married than
older women--72% of men, 42% of women (Figure 2). Almost half of all older
women in 2006 were widows (43%). There were over four times as many widows (8.6
million) as widowers (2.0 million).
Divorced and separated (including married/spouse absent) older
persons represented only 11.8% of all older persons in 2006. 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 2007
Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the
U.S. Bureau of the Census)
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