U.S.: Population Gender Distribution, by age group
Age, in yearsMale,
in millions
in millions
Under 59.489.06
5 to 910.239.78
10 to 1410.7010.19
15 to 1911.0810.55
20 to 2411.6011.10
25 to 2911.3510.84
30 to 3411.8411.47
35 to 3911.3010.97
40 to 4410.8210.61
45 to 499.849.78
50 to 5410.4310.37
55 to 5910.3710.60
60 to 6410.3010.82
65 to 698.979.76
70 to 747.048.12
75 to 794.915.95
80 to 842.833.83
85 and over2.284.20
  • Region: United States
  • Time period: 2020 to 2023
  • Published: Jul 2023

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 28, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Gender Distribution in the Oldest Age Groups

Females significantly outnumber males in the age group of 85 and over, with 4.20 million females compared to 2.28 million males. This trend is evident starting from the age group of 65 to 69, where the gap begins to widen, highlighting a higher female longevity.

Largest Age Group for Both Genders

The age group with the highest population for both males and females is 20 to 24, with 11.60 million males and 11.10 million females. This suggests a peak in the population's age distribution in early adulthood.

Young Male Population Exceeds Female

In younger age groups, specifically from Under 5 to 15 to 19, the male population consistently exceeds the female population. The largest gap is in the 10 to 14 age group, with 10.70 million males compared to 10.19 million females, indicating a higher birth rate or survival rate for young males.

Narrowing Gender Gap in Middle Age

The gender gap in population narrows in the 50 to 54 age group, where there are 10.43 million males and 10.37 million females. This suggests a convergence in population numbers between genders in middle age.

Significant Female Majority in Advanced Age

Starting from the age group of 60 to 64, females begin to outnumber males more significantly, with 10.82 million females compared to 10.30 million males in this age group. This trend continues and becomes more pronounced in older age groups, reflecting longer female life expectancy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which age groups have the highest population figures in the United States?

The age groups that have the highest population figures in the United States are 20 to 24 years for both males (11.60 million) and females (11.10 million).

What is the gender distribution for children under 5 years old in the United States?

In the United States, the population of children under 5 years old is relatively balanced between genders, with 9.48 million males and 9.06 million females.

What is the trend in the male population as age advances, particularly beyond the age of 65?

As age advances beyond 65 years, the male population shows a noticeable decline relative to females. This trend is especially pronounced in the 85 and over category, with the male population dropping from 8.97 million at 65 to 69 years old to just 2.28 million.

What is the gender distribution among middle-aged adults in the United States?

Among middle-aged adults (40 to 59 years), the gender distribution is quite consistent. The male population ranges from 9.84 to 10.43 million, and the female population ranges from 9.78 to 10.60 million.

Terms and Definitions

The total number of people living in a particular geographical area, such as a country or a state. The population varies according to environmental, social, and economic factors.

Refers to the length of time that an individual has been alive. It is typically measured in years and helps to categorize population groups into different age segments.

A term that refers to the social and cultural roles, behaviors, activities, and expectations that society considers appropriate for men and women. In population demographics, gender typically refers to whether an individual is male or female.

Statistical data relating to the population and particular groups within it. Demographics are often broken down by categories such as age, gender, income, race, and employment.

The number of live births per 1,000 people in a population in a year. It's an important tool for measuring population growth or decline.

The number of deaths per 1,000 people in a population in a year. It's typically used alongside the birth rate to measure population growth or decline.

A procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a population. It is often carried out by a government and provides a snapshot of a nation's population at a given time.

The way in which people are dispersed over a given area. Population can be spread evenly over an area or clustered in small areas, depending on factors such as climate, employment opportunities, etc.

A graphical representation used in demographics to show the distribution of various age groups in a population, which forms the shape of a pyramid when the population is growing. It's typically separated by gender and can provide insight into the age and gender composition of a population.
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