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Women: U.S. Demographic Snapshot

The eight things to know about America's female demographic.

The Basics:


156.9 million

The number of women living in the U.S. according to census data, a 9.5 increase from 2000. Women made up 50.8 percent of the population in 2010.




The median age of women in the U.S. Women skewed slightly older than men, whose median age was 35.8.



The percentage of women who had a bachelor’s degree or higher, slightly lower than the average for the total population at 28.5 percent. About 86 percent of women in the U.S. had at least a high school diploma; the national average is 85.6 percent.



Other Facts of Note:


The percentage of women who indicated on the 2010 census that they were head of the household without a spouse present. This was an 18.2 percent increase from 2000.



The age at which there are about twice as many women as men. This is four years older than it was in 2000 and six years older than in 1990, evidence of a narrowing mortality gap between men and women, according to the census.


4.1 million

The number of women between the ages of 15 and 50 who have given birth in the past 12 months, according to 2010 data from the American Consumer Survey. About 1.5 million of these women were unmarried.


66.6 million

The number of women (non-military) who were older than 16 and employed. The majority of women worked in management, business, science, or the arts. The second-largest group of women worked in service.



The average yearly wage for women working full-time. Full-time working men earned an average of $62,407.

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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