04/17/2014 11:19 am ET Updated Apr 17, 2014

The Real-Life 'Golden Girls'

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Remember your first roommate? Your first roommate who wasn’t your sibling? It was probably in college or just after you graduated when you thought the world was open to a million possibilities, and you and your best friend would conquer the world. Well turns out roommates aren’t just wasted on the young. Baby Boomers are realizing the benefits of communal living, too.

According to an AARP analysis of census data, approximately 132,000 households and 490,000 women over the age of 50 live with non-romantic peers. They’re dubbed “Golden Girls,” after the hit 1980’s TV show that featured four ladies and the mischief they encountered while living together in a Miami home. The number of Golden Girls is expected to grow, especially given that one in three Baby Boomers is single and a disproportionate number of them are women.

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