Globally, Women are Younger than their Male Partners and more likely to age alone

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Posted Jan 28, 2020 | Pew Research Center, Jacob Ausubel

Household living arrangements around the world vary by religion, as this Pew Research Center study by Jacob Ausubel makes clear. However, certain broad patterns are true of women and men regardless of their religion. On average, women are younger than their husbands or male cohabiting partners, across each of the six religious groups evaluated in the study - and in each of the 130 countries and territories analysed. Women also are more likely than men to age alone. Muslims have the widest spousal age gap (6.6 years), followed by Hindus (5.6 years), Christians (3.8), Buddhists (2.9), the religiously unaffiliated (2.3) and Jews (2.1).


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