These Stats on Women Over 65 Blew Our Socks Off

I’m looking at these statistics from awhile ago compiled by the Federal government, and still, even though Roommates4Boomers is all about Boomer women and living/lifestyles, they make my jaw drop. Here are some of the most eye-opening stats:

  • Women over 65 outnumber men at 23.4 million women to 17.9 million men.
  • Men over 65 were much more likely to be married than women–72% of men vs. 45% of women.
  • 37% of older women in 2012 were widows.
  • About 28% (11.8 million) of non-institutionalized older persons live alone; over twice as many women as men (8.4 million women, 3.5 million men).
  • Almost half of women (46%) age 75+ live alone.
  • In 2011 men over 65 had more than double the median income of women in the same age group:  $27,707 for males and $15,362 for females.
  • Social Security constituted 90% or more of the income received by 46% of non-married beneficiaries – far more women than men.
  • In 2011, there were of 131 women for every 100 men over age 65. At age 85 and over, this ratio increases to 203 women for every 100 men.

Click here for much more information compiled by the Administration on Aging & Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding aging and the many studies and programs available to older adults.

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