10 Facts About Baby Boomers We Bet You Didn’t KnowBaby Boomers Facts

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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10 Comments

  1. j August 3, 2015 Reply

    I love being a babyboomer! All the facts are true

  2. Betty shue August 3, 2015 Reply

    I am a 73yr old, taking care of my widowed mother. I take care of my own home, and volunteer with a group of ladies who sing every Friday at nursing homes. My husband works part time. we have 2 dogs who are rescues and we love them. We both have large extended families and enjoy getting together with them. We realize how blessed we are and don’t want to be thought of as old folks. Not ready to hit the rocking chair yet.

  3. Karen R. August 6, 2015 Reply

    Proud to be a baby Boomer – we rock!!!

  4. Louis K. August 17, 2015 Reply

    Proud to be included in a special part of an American era.

  5. Patty Mccaffrey maslo October 11, 2016 Reply

    Thanks for including me. Happy to be part of the boomers

  6. Cindy Hogg February 25, 2017 Reply

    Interesting overall, but #6 is false – and a ridiculous statement! Plenty of states have more boomers than the state of Maine. For instance, California (just one example) has more boomers than the entire population of Maine! I believe what the article wanted to say is that Maine has a higher percentage of their population over 65 than any other state. Big difference.

  7. Roger Roberge Rainville February 26, 2017 Reply

    If you’re interested, I wrote a book that features the Baby Boomers in the 40’s to the 70’s entitled: “South Buffalo – The Way It Was” with subtitle: “Life of the Baby Boomers.” It covers the seven south side areas of Buffalo NY. – the Old First Ward, the Valley, the Seneca-Babcock area, Seneca Street, Abbott Road, McKinley Pkwy, and South Park Avenue.

  8. Roger Roberge Rainville February 26, 2017 Reply

    I’ve written a book about the Baby Boomers featuring the seven south side areas of Buffalo New York covering times, events and people from the 40’s to the 70’s the book is entitled: “South Buffalo – The Way It Was and subtitled: “Life of the Baby Boomers in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s”

  9. Toinette April 24, 2017 Reply

    I was born in June of 1945, and am a Boomer (cusp I guess!…6 months difference?)…but I have to say that it was a time of great change, fabulous music, sweet love and heartbreaking tragedies…we were very fortunate for some things though…student travel fares, great fashion, friends that felt the same, rallies and outdoor concerts , etc. that turned into huge generational parties and a media that would not let us forget how much our parents were upset!! (always fun…he-he!)
    We shaped the media to our tastes, the political scene was
    our good vehicle for promoting change (even if difficult) and we helped to change attitudes toward people who seemed and had been formerly considered “different” than we were to realize that we are all the same…despite our backgrounds our races, religions or birth places, or upbringing …it was a beautiful time then…and we DO still hang on to those values even if many others do not..it is up to us to defend those values and to speak up and be heard and fight for the good…
    be not discouraged or affected by the bigots and haters…life and we … all are too precious to give in to fear and hatred…

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