Women Make Up Majority of Single Householders

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In households not headed by married couples, women make up the majority of heads-of-house, according to March 2000 Census Bureau data released last month. Female-headed households make up 29% of total U.S. households, while male-headed households make up 18%. Households headed by married couples comprise the majority of U.S. households, at 53%.

Among family households (headed by a person with a family--defined as two or more persons related by birth, marriage, or adoption), women head 18% of households, while men head 6%. In non-family households (headed by a person without a family), female-headed households represent 55%, and male-headed households make up 45%.

More than eight in 10 non-family households (82%) are made up of one person. Two- and one-person households make up the largest share of total households: 33% of total households include two people, and 26% are single-person households. Four in 10 (41%) family households include two people, while 23% include three people.

            MARITAL STATUS OF U.S. WOMEN, BY AGE
           Married [*]  Divorced  Widowed  Separated  Never married
Total          51%        10%       10%       2%           25%
Age 15-64      53%        11%       3%        3%           30%
Age 65+        41%         7%       45%       1%           4%
(*.) Married, with spouse present
Does not equal 100% due to rounding.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, March 2000

Among adults age 25 and older, women and men have similar education levels; however, men are more likely than women to hold advanced degrees. [The education gap is expected to close in the next few years, as women currently outnumber men at most U.S. universities.--Ed.]

       EDUCATION LEVELS OF AMERICANS AGE 25 AND OLDER, BY GENDER
                                    Women    Men
[less than] 9th grade                6.8%   7.1%
9th-12th grade, no diploma           9. …