A Profile of Older Americans: 2004
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.
(Based on Internet releases of data from the 2003 Current
Population Survey of the U.S. Bureau of the Census)
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