Total population of the United States, by gender 2010-2024

How many women are there in the U.S.?

In 2017, there were 165.92 million women in the United States, compared to 159.41 million men. By 2024, it is projected that there will be 173.9 million women and 167.08 million men in the U.S.

Who rules the world?

While there are more women than men in the United States, this isn’t the case in other countries. The human sex ratio, or the number of boys born versus the number of girls, is about 1:1 in many countries. However, some countries may have higher numbers of men due to cultural norms (where boys are more favored) or environmental factors. A good example of this is China, where the former one child policy made boys more favored than girls, causing their sex ratio to be much higher than in other countries.

The sex ratio and aging

In the United States, the sex ratio tends to favor women more than men as the population ages. While there are some theories as to why women live longer than men, there are currently no conclusive answers in the scientific community. However, it is projected that by the year 2100, there will be about 15 million women over the age of 100, compared to just six million men.

Total population in the United States by gender from 2010 to 2024

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Release date

April 2019


United States

Survey time period

2010 to 2017

Supplementary notes

* Based on population projections shown in the Total population of the United States 2024 statistic and a female to male ratio of 51 to 49 (from 2010 to 2017)

** Estimate.

Values have been rounded to provide a better understanding of the statistic.

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