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Missouri seniors a bigger percentage than national average

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By AP/KWMU

Washington, DC – Missouri's population of senior citizens is slightly larger than the national average.

New census data show 12.8% of Missourians are 65 or older. The national average is 12.1%.

The figures, though, do not include those living in group locations, such as nursing homes.

A University of Missouri study has found that by 2020, 18% of Missouri residents will be 65 or older.

The new numbers also show the median age in Missouri is 37.4, compared to 36.4 nationwide. And there are 95.2 men for every 100 women in Missouri, slightly fewer than the national average of 96 in 100.

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