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Living Arrangements

Over half (57%) the older noninstitutionalized persons lived with their spouse in 2013. Approximately 13.8 million or 71% of older men, and 10.7 million or 45% of older women, lived with their spouse (Figure 3). The proportion living with their spouse decreased with age, especially for women. Only 32% of women 75+ years old lived with a spouse.

About 28% (12.1 million) of all noninstitutionalized older persons in 2013 lived alone (8.4 million women, 3.7 million men). They represented 35% of older women and 19% of older men. The proportion living alone increases with advanced age. Among women aged 75 and over, for example, almost half (45%) lived alone.

In 2012, a total of about 2.1 million older people lived in a household with a grandchild present. About 518,000 of these grandparents over 65 years old were the persons with primary responsibility for their grandchildren who lived with them.

A relatively small number (1.5 million) and percentage (3.5%) of the 65+ population in 2012 lived in institutional settings such as nursing homes (1.2 million). However, the percentage increases dramatically with age, ranging (in 2012) from 1% for persons 65-74 years to 3% for persons 75-84 years and 10% for persons 85+. In addition, in 2009, approximately 2.7% of the elderly lived in senior housing with at least one supportive service available to their residents.

Figure 3: Living Arrangements of Persons 65+, 2013

Figure 3M shows that 71% of older men live with a spouse and 19% live alone while 10% live in other arrangements.Figure 3F shows that 45% of older women live with a spouse and 35% live alone while 20% live in other arrangements.

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.

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