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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)

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