Death Discriminates: 81% of Americans 100 or Older Are Women

Terence P. Jeffrey | April 10, 2014 | 9:47am EDT
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( - There is a vast inequality among people who live past their hundredth birthday, according to newly published data from the Census Bureau.

Eighty-one percent of the Americans 100 years old and older during the five-year period covered in the Census Bureau’s report (2007-2011) were women, while only 19 percent were men.

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The total number of centenarians, the Census Bureau reports, was 54,956, including 44,644 women and 10,312 men.

The centenarians tended to share another characteristic besides their age and sex: Very few were divorced.Marital Status of American Over 100

Eighty-two percent of the centenarians were widowed, 6 percent were still married, 0.4 percent were separated, and 7 percent had never married. Only 4 percent were divorced.

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