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Census report: 65 and up

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Iowa is fifth in the nation when it comes to the percentage of people aged 65 or older.

The Census Bureau says 15 percent of Iowa's three million people are in that age group.

Nationally, Americans 65 and older are now the largest segment of the population when it comes to size and percentage.

The Census Bureau finds the age group grew at a faster rate than the total population from 2000 to 2009.

Older women still outnumber older men, but men have closed the gap over the decade.

Iowa is among the top three states in the country in an even older age group - people aged 85 and older.

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