(WASHINGTON) -- Women continue to have longer life expectancies than men, but according to new 2010 Census data released Thursday, men are inching towards women as they narrow the gender gap in old age. Technological, healthcare, and policy advancements are providing many Americans with tools to lead longer lives.
In the category of Americans ages 65 and older, the number of men has grown by 21 percent since 2000 while the number of women has increased at a slower pace of 11.2 percent. In the subgroup of Americans ages 65 to 74, the male-to-female ratio has narrowed. Women only exceed men by 1.5 million, a drop from 1.8 million in 2000.
Women continue to outnumber men in the United States by 5.18 million, a slight jump from the 5.3 million difference in 2000. Despite being outnumbered, the number of men in the country increased at a faster rate, growing by 9.9 percent, while the number of women only increased by 9.5 percent. For every 100 women in the U.S. in 2010, there were 96.7 men. In 2000, the male-female ratio was 96.3.
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