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Who Lives to 100? Women More Often Than Men

If you’re a woman with 100 or more candles on your birthday cake, the 2010 Census says you’re probably white and living in the South.

And if you’d like to date a man of the same age, the odds aren’t in your favor: For every 100 women who have lived to the century mark or older in the U.S., there are only 20.7 men who have done the same.

In a special report released this week, the Census Bureau says the latest figures show there were 53,364 people age 100 or older in the country in 2010, and 82.5 percent were white. (By comparison, whites make up 72.4 percent of the total U.S. population.) About 6 percent of centenarians were Hispanic.

Super-centenarians – those who were 110 or older – made up just 0.6 percent of the centenarian population in the U.S., the 2010 Census found.

Among the report’s other findings about America’s centenarians:


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