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Baby Boomers boast a higher rate of volunteerism than any other age group, a new study says.

More than 33 percent of Baby Boomers, or about 25.8 million people, volunteer their time, says a new study commissioned by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

That compares to a national average of about 29 percent, says the study conducted by the Research Triangle Institute in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Baby Boomers average 51 hours of volunteer time a year, the study says, more than any age group other than people over 65.

Almost half of Baby Boomers working part-time volunteer, compared with one in three of those working full-time and less than one in four of those who do not work.

Half of college-educated Boomers volunteer, compared with only one in four of those without college educations.

The study is based on data from the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2002-2004.

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