Table 1: Demographic characteristics of elderly nationwide sample ( ).

Demographic variableResponse category %

Age65–74 yrs27557.3
75+ yrs20542.7

GenderMale22647.1
Female25452.9

RaceWhite44495.5
Black/African-American122.6
American native/Alaska native30.6
Asian/Pacific Islander30.6
Other30.6

RegionNortheast7315.2
Midwest13427.9
South14830.8
West12526.0

Marital statusMarried33470.9
Widowed11023.4
Divorced204.2
Separated20.4
Never married51.1

EducationLess than high school5611.7
Some high school296.1
High school graduate/equivalent10922.8
Some college13027.2
Associate degree142.9
Bachelor’s degree8918.6
Master’s degree336.9
Professional degree102.1
Doctorate degree81.7

Pretax incomeBelow $35,00016034.3
$35,000 or more22759.4