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Marital Status & Poverty

Released: October 2013
Next expected update: Winter 2014
  • The never-married elderly (aged 65 or older) have the highest poverty rate among all marital groups, followed by those who are divorced and widowed.
  • The overall elderly poverty rate is 60 percent higher among women than men. However, among the married elderly population, women and men have the same poverty rate (4.2 percent).
  • The unmarried elderly—including those who are widowed, divorced, and never married—are disproportionately poorer than the married elderly. Never-married individuals represent about 4 percent of the elderly, but 10 percent of the elderly poor. Likewise, divorced individuals make up 11 percent of the elderly and 18 percent of the elderly poor.
Poverty rates of persons aged 65 or older, by marital status and sex, 2010
Percentage below 100% of poverty
Bar chart linked to data in table format.
Elderly by marital status, 2010
Percentage
Pie chart: Married=55%, Widowed=27%, Divorced=11%, Never married=4%.
Elderly poor by marital status, 2010
Percentage
Pie chart: Married=26%, Widowed=41%, Divorced=18%, Never married=10%.