A woman is therefore much more likely to die as a widow, while a man is much more likely to die as a husband.
Age of newlyweds is also a key factor for first marriage dissolution.
In 1950 the average age for first marriage for men was 28.5 years and for women was 25.9 years.
This was higher than the 1960s-70s, when people married at younger ages — for example, in 1972 the average age was 23.0 years for women and 25.4 years for men.
Today the trend for an aging population continues and there are more couples without children, and couples are less likely to marry early and have children.