Older Iowans Graphic

Quick facts about aging Iowans (data source U.S. Census Bureau unless otherwise noted):

  • In 2010, 26 of Iowa's 99 counties had a population of 20% or more of age 65 and older.  In 2040, that number is projected to be 83.
  • 51,646 - The number of people age 65 and over in Polk County, making it the largest population of this age group in any county in 2013.
  • Over a quarter of Iowans age 65 and over in 2013 lived in Polk, Linn, Scott, Black Hawk, Dubuque, Pottawattamie, Woodbury, and Johnson Counties.
  • 83,667 - The number of Iowans age 65 and older in 2013 who were in the labor force.
  • Percentage of Iowans age 65 and older who were citizens and registered to vote in the 2014 election, the highest rate of any age group, is 72.1%. 
  • The number of 2013 social security beneficiaries aged 65 or older in Iowa is 453,183. 

To see the complete fact list, click PDF icon2015-01-25 older2015_IA.pdf.