10 Facts About Baby Boomers We Bet You Didn’t Know
Baby boomers are the most talked about generation in the country. At approximately 77 million people, they’re also the largest (“Millennials” are a close second). Born between the years of 1946 and 1964, this post-World War II generation is now between the ages of 51 and 70.
A generation as large as the boomers is always going to have a profound impact on the world. Here are 10 facts we bet you didn’t know about baby boomers:
1. They’re Online – and in Great Numbers
According to a Google study, 78% of Boomers are online. A full one-third of all boomers online describe themselves as “heavy internet users.”
2. They’re Turning 65
Starting in 2011, Boomers began to hit the traditional retirement age of 65. According to AARP, Boomers will turn 65 at a rate of 10,000 a day over the next 18 years.
3. They’re Increasingly Foreign Born
According to a 2014 report by the U.S. Census, the number of boomers who live in the U.S. but who were born in another country is on the rise. Today approximately 10 million foreign-born boomers call America home.
4. They’re Thrifty
While not cheap, Boomers don’t believe in spending money needlessly. 79% of baby boomers believe that store brands are an excellent option instead of name brands.
5. They’re Prone to Hepatitis C
While this fact isn’t necessarily all that “fun”, it is important. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Boomers are five times more likely to be infected with Hepatitis C. Since Hep C can sometimes take years to exhibit symptoms, Boomers are encouraged to get a blood test.
6. More Boomers Live in Maine than Any Other State
Boomers comprise 36.8% of Maine’s total population. New Hampshire, Montana, Vermont and West Virginia round out the top five.
7. They’re Highly Educated
At 69.6%, Colorado has the highest percent of boomers who have at least some college education. In the top ten states where boomers have some college experience, AARP reports the percentages are all over 50%.
8. The Past Three Presidents are/were Boomers
Barack Obama was born in 1963; George W. Bush was born in 1946; and Bill Clinton was born in 1946. The next President is likely to be a Boomer as well since most of the major candidates are also in this group.
9. They’re Supporting their Adult Children
A recent survey from the National Endowment for Financial Education found that 59% of boomer parents provide financial support for adult children aged 18 to 39.
10. They’re Not the Stereotypical “Senior Citizens.”
Many boomers are still quite active and energetic. For instance, Jerry Seinfeld (born in 1954), Stevie Nicks (born in 1948) and George Clooney (born in 1961) are all boomers.
Just because the boomer population is aging doesn’t mean they’re necessarily slowing down. Baby boomers are expected to heavily influence the entire world for decades to come.
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