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Women Are More Likely Than Men to Reach Age 100

18 Jul

Single or widowed men who live to be over 100 will have lots of ladies to choose from if Canada’s 2011 Census is any indication.

Our most recent national census counted 4,870 women and just 955 men aged 100 and over. The numbers aren’t really a surprise when you take into account the corresponding sex ratio of approximately 500 women for every 100 men, the highest of all age groups.

Among the Canadian population, there were slightly more men than women up to age 26, after which there were more women than men. By age 65, there were about 125 women for 100 men and by age 80, 170 women per 100 men.

More women than men reach the age of 100 because women experience lower probabilities of dying at all ages than men. In 2008, life expectancy at birth was 78.5 years for men and 83.1 years for women.

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