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The Next America - Statistics 2012 / People

Men: U.S. Demographic Snapshot

May 31, 2012

Seven facts of note for America's male population:

The Basics:


 

151.8 million

The number of men living in the U.S. in 2010. At 49.2 percent of the total population, there are fewer men than women.

 

35.8

The median age for men. Overall, they are slightly younger than women, who boast a median age of 38.5.

 

84.8 percent

The percentage of males over 25 who have at least a high school degree. That’s slightly lower than the national average of 85.6 percent. About 18 percent of men have a bachelor’s degree, the same as the national average.

Other Facts of Note:


10

The number of states that have more males than females. States with higher ratios of male to female are concentrated mostly in the West and Midwest. Alaska has the highest sex ratio; it is the only state where males outnumber females in every county. The lowest ratios are in the Northeast and South.

 

$62,407

The average wage for full-time year-round male workers.

 

13.9 million

The number of males living alone in 2010. That’s up 18.1 percent from 2000. There are about 5.8 million males who indicated they were the head of their household without a spouse present; 2.8 million of them indicated they were living with their own children.

 

32.8 percent

The percentage of males 16 or older employed in management, business, science, or the arts.

Sources: 2010 Census Brief: Age and Sex Composition; 2010 Census Brief: Households and Families; 2010 American Community Survey

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the national average wages for all full-time working Americans. The figure $69,506 is the national average for total households.

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