Baby Boomer Statistics and All That Stuff

People are fascinated by the baby boomer generation, and statisticians seem to be the most fascinated with a never ending stream of facts about boomers. The baby boomer generation is considered to be anyone born between 1946 to 1964, although there is some speculation about the real end of the boom. The baby boom happened as American soldiers returned from World War II after years of being away from their families.

Some fun statistics gathered from the internet about the baby boomer generation:

  • The boom started in 1946 when there were 3.4 million births in the US, this was up from 2.8 million births in 1945.
  • The peak year for births was 1957 with 4.3 million births.
  • The first baby boomer turned 60 on January 1, 2006, meaning that at the beginning of this year, the first boomer turned 65.
  • Approximately every 7 seconds a baby boomer turns 50.
  • Four million baby boomers will turn 50 in 2011.
  • There are about an equal number of male and female baby boomers.
  • Baby boomers make up our US economy right now, having the most buying power and being the most in the workforce.
  • There are approximately 76 million baby boomers alive right now.
  • 12.5% of baby boomers never graduated from high school.
  • 29% of baby boomers graduated from college, many being the first in their families to do so.
  • The states with the most active baby boomer communities are New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, and California.
  • The states with the highest number of boomers in relation to the overall population are Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Montana.
  • The heaviest concentration of boomers in in the North East and New England.
  • Most baby boomers do not have a pension as pensions started being phased out as boomers hit the work force.
  • Baby boomers have held 11 jobs over their lifetime on average.
  • 16.5 million baby boomers use social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace.
  • The fastest growing demographic of Facebook users is the boomer generation.
  • Facebook usage for boomers doubled in one year from 2009 to 2010.
  • Baby boomers are now being known as the sandwich generation, taking care of their grown children who are still living or have moved back home and taking care of elderly parents who are having to move in with them.
  • Baby boomers are increasingly having to parent for a second time, parenting their grandchildren due to various circumstances.
  • Baby boomers are split on whether to stay where they are or move after retirement.
  • Boomers are also split regarding living in retirement communities or regular communities.
  • The first baby boomer will turn 100 years old on January 1, 2046.

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