Nov 9, 2023 - News

Veterans make up more than 6% of Iowa's population

Share of population who are veterans, 2022
Data: Census Bureau; Map: Alice Feng/Axios

Veterans Day is Saturday, with many governments observing the federal holiday Friday.

By the numbers: There are 16.2 million military veterans in the U.S., representing 6.2% of the civilian adult population, according to the latest 2022 U.S. Census data.

  • That includes 1.7 million women, just over 10% of the veteran population.
  • Nearly 27% are at least 75 years old while fewer than 9% are younger than 35.

Zoom in: Iowa's share of veterans was 6.4% of its population, almost 159,000 people.

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