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Number of older Americans living alone

About 11.2 million (31%) of noninstitutionalized older Americans live alone (8.3 million women, 2.9 million men).

Administration on Aging. A Profile of Older Americans: 2009. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2010. https://www.acl.gov/sites/default/files/Aging%20and%20Disability%20in%20America/2009profile_508.pdf

Reference

Title
A Profile of Older Americans: 2009
Publisher
US Department of Health and Human Services
Publication Date
2010
Authors
Administration on Aging
URL
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Categories

  • Today's Older Population

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