Population Characteristics

U.S. Population

In 2004, the U.S. population was over 285 million, with females representing 51.1 percent. Females younger than age 35 accounted for 46.6 percent of the female population, those aged 35-64 represented 39.9 percent, and females over age 65 accounted for 13.5 percent.

The distribution by sex was fairly even across all age groups, except among older adults, where women accounted for a greater percentage of the population. Of those aged 65 and older, 57.5 percent were women.

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Women's Health USA 2006 is not copyrighted. Readers are free to duplicate and use all or part of the information contained on this page. Suggested Citation: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Women's Health USA 2006. Rockville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2006.