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A Profile of Older Americans: 2002

Marital Status

In 2001, older men were much more likely to be married as older women--73% of men, 41% of women (Figure 2).  Almost half of all older women in 2001 were widows (46%). There were over four times as many widows (8.49 million) as widowers (2.0 million).

Divorced and separated (including married-spouse absent) older persons represented only 10% of all older persons in 2001.  However, this percentage has increased significantly since 1990, when approximately 7% of the older population were divorced or separated/spouse absent.

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