It’s well known that women generally live longer than men. But men are catching up to women in longevity, according to 2010 Census Bureau data.
Women continue to outnumber men in all adult age ranges after age 35. But the number of men living to older ages is growing faster than that of women. The number of males between ages 60 and 74 increased by 35.2 percent between 2000 and 2010, while their female counterparts increased by 29.2 percent over the same time period. “Women still live longer than men but that mortality gap is closing,” says Lindsay Howden, a Census Bureau statistician and co-author of the report.
The number of men between ages 90 and 94 increased by 50 percent over the past decade from 282,325 men in 2000 to 424,387 men in 2010. While there are well over 1 million women in their early 90s, the number of them increased more slowly by 23 percent over the past 10 years.
There began to be approximately twice as many women as men at age 89 in 2010. This point occurred 4 years older than in 2000 and 6 years older than in 1990. “This increase is further evidence of the narrowing gap in mortality between men and women occurring at the older ages,” according to the Census Bureau report.
The overall number of men in the U.S. has increased by 9.9 percent since 2000, which is faster than the 9.5 percent growth rate for women. Women now outnumber men by 5.18 million people, compared to an edge of 5.31 million in 2000. There were 96.7 males per 100 females in 2010, up from 96.3 males per 100 females in 2000.
The median age of all U.S. residents grew from 35.3 years in 2000 to 37.2 years in 2010 and for the first time topped age 40 in seven states. Women continue to have an older median age (38.5 years) than men (35.8 years).
The only older age range in which women continue to make greater strides than men in longevity is after age 100. The number of women age 100 and older has increased by 9.4 percent since 2000 to 44,202 centenarian women in 2010. In contrast the number of males age 100 and older dropped by 9 percent from 10,057 men in 2000 to 9,162 men in 2010.