While the title of this paper may not immediately strike the casual reader as exciting, this rather well-written special report from the Census Bureau is worth taking a look at. Authored by Renee E. Spraggins, this 19-page report contains some quite interesting findings, and is based on information collected during the most recent census. Additionally, the report offers this information in the context of comparison with data collected from the 1970, 1980, and 1990 censuses. Some of the findings include the observation that the current trend towards women remaining single for a longer period persisted through the past several censuses. One finding that could have some interesting policy implications was that more older women than older men were living alone. Another particularly positive finding was that the educational attainment rate of women had continued to rise substantially over the past several decades. As with other reports issued by the agency, the document is amply illustrated by a host of figures and charts.
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