What’s the Baby Boom Generation Known For?Baby Boomers Facts

It’s the Baby Boomers’ world; the rest of us just live in it. This famous generation has been catered to, criticized, studied, and marketed to from the time they were just babies growing up in newfangled post-war suburbs. Now they’re trying to balance caregiving and work, enjoy retirement, further their careers, or find care for themselves. Here’s our look at the group that’s influenced everything from child-raising practices to senior care.

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

The 76 million Americans born in the “baby boom” between 1946 and 1964 have influenced our country’s arts, politics, workplaces, and lifestyles over the past several decades. If it seems like you’ve heard all there is to hear about Boomers, here are ten things you may not already know about the Baby Boom generation.

1. They’re Online – and in Great Numbers

According to a Google study, 78% of Boomers were online by 2013. A full one-third of all Boomers online describe themselves as “heavy internet users,” and 82% of Boomers belong to at least one social media platform. They also spend more time online each week than Millennials—and they use a lot of that time to research news and politics.

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 US Census, the number of Boomers who live in the US 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 fun, it is important. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Boomers are five times more likely than other generations 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 Four Presidents are/were Boomers

Barack Obama was born in 1963; George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump were all born in 1946.

9. They’re Supporting their Adult Children

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 influence the world for decades to come.

What was the precursor to the baby boom?

Popular lore says the rising tide of births in 1946 and beyond—over 3 million per year in some of those years–was because of young married couples reuniting after the end of World War II. Historians say that’s not the only reason so many babies were born during the boom years. History.com points out that older couples who had waited to start families because of the Great Depression began having kids of their own once the war ended and the economy finally seemed stable and prosperous enough to raise children in middle-class comfort.

The generation having these babies was, by and large, a group known now as the Greatest Generation. News anchor and writer Tom Brokaw gave the group that name in his book about these Americans, who came through the hardships of both the Great Depression and WWII. Some Boomers may have had young parents or older siblings who were part of the Silent Generation born between 1925 and 1942. And when the Baby Boomers started having kids of their own, those children became known as Generation X, a much smaller generation than the Boomers, born between 1965 and 1984. Many Baby Boomers now have grandchildren in the Millennial generation, which is almost as large as the Baby Boom was at its peak.

What are Baby Boomer values?

Besides sheer numbers, the young Baby Boomers were a new type of force in American culture. As children, many grew up in what we think of now as traditional family settings: suburban homes on neatly kept lots with stay-at-home mothers and fathers who commuted to work. That’s a far cry from the experiences of the Greatest and Silent Generations, who had to cope with financial insecurity and the rigors of war when they were young. This generational difference in upbringing shaped the way the Boomers approached nearly every aspect of life.

The Baby Boomer work ethic

Sally Kane, writing at The Balance, describes Baby Boomers’ approach to work as competitive, goal-oriented, and career-focused—and also nonconformist and willing to question authority. Women and people of color in the Boomer generation also led the way in building careers outside traditionally female and/or minority jobs, and many are in leadership positions today. Well-known Boomers in business include GM CEO Mary Barra, Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, and American Express CEO Ken Chenault.

Politics, Baby Boomer-style

Boomer politicians have dominated the American landscape for decades now. In addition to our four Baby Boomer presidents, Boomers now make up the majority of Representatives and Senators. While it makes sense that a generation raised on idealism would seek long careers in politics, some observers point out that these Boomers’ deeply entrenched idealism can contribute to legislative gridlock.

Baby Boomer lifestyles

That Boomer idealism has reaped some big results over the years. Compared to their parents’ generation, Boomers were more likely to protest policies and social practices they saw as unjust. Many Boomers were children when the Civil Rights Movement was breaking down Jim Crow-era barriers of segregation and they observed how the adults in their lives viewed that cause. Later, Boomers were the driving force behind anti-war protests during the Vietnam era, the push by women to move into “non-traditional” careers like business and engineering, and the gay rights movement to protect the LGBT community.

Baby Boomer tastes in entertainment

Baby Boomers made over the American arts and entertainment twice—first as audiences and later as musicians, writers, actors, and fine artists. From Elvis’ scandalous moves on the Ed Sullivan show and Chubby Checker’s dance hits to Beatlemania and Woodstock, Boomers made rock and roll the centerpiece of their youth culture.

Film studios catered to young audiences’ tastes with movies featuring Presley and the Beatles. Boomers flocked to the movies to see James Bond films, John Wayne’s westerns, and sci-fi movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Planet of the Apes, and Westworld.

Later, Boomers who worked in film, music, and TV reshaped those mediums with their approach to their work. Oprah Winfrey made over the daytime talk genre by focusing on personal development and empathy rather than scandal. Ellen DeGeneres, another Boomer, later broke a longstanding taboo in television by coming out as a lesbian. In film, Boomers like Meryl Streep and George Clooney have built decades-long careers as actors and second careers as philanthropists. Boomer musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Billy Joel, and Michael and Janet Jackson influenced not only their peers but younger Generation X listeners with their work.

Iconic Baby Boomer Books

As with music and movies, Baby Boomers reshaped America’s reading habits. The era from 1946 to 1964 was a time when many of the 20th century’s most notable writers published their best works, new voices came to the fore, and kids’ literature flourished. A list of all the great books of the day would require dozens of pages, so we’ve picked a few titles that stand out for their nostalgia value, classic themes, fresh views, and plain old fun.

We’ll start with the parenting bible for the new wave of postwar families. Dr. Benjamin Spock’s Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care debuted in 1946, just in time for the arrival of the first babies of the Boom. Revised and updated editions have been in print ever since, carrying on Dr. Spock’s famous exhortation to new parents to “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”

Classic books for Baby Boomer kids

Plenty of enduring children’s literature emerged during the boom years. Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown’s popular picture book for bedtime, and Fred Gipson’s classic but heartbreaking dog tale Old Yeller, were first published during the boom years. The first book by author Beverly Cleary, Henry Huggins, came out in 1950, the first of more than popular 30 books she wrote for kids.

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Arguably the most enduring children’s book of the era, E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, was first published in 1953. The story of friendship between a piglet and a spider still tops lists of best children’s books as chosen by librarians and teachers, and it’s been translated into dozens of languages. In 2000, more than four decades after its debut, it was the best-selling children’s book in American history, according to NPR.

Signs of the times

Books that humanized world events, warned of Cold War dangers, and challenged the status quo flourished after World War II as well, beginning in 1947 with the publication of Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl. As the Cold War ramped up, George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm issued warnings about communism, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 responded to the excesses of the McCarthy era, and Joseph Heller summed up the confounding aspects of war in Catch-22.

Women were redefining their own roles in society during this time. Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex and Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, helped a generation of women to start expanding the number of career and social options open to them.

African-American writers were chronicling their experiences and frustrations, such as James Baldwin’s novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, an exploration of religion in African-American life that hinted at Baldwin’s own struggles as a gay man. Ralph Ellison’s award-winning Invisible Man addressed the role of politics in Black American life.

Novels for the ages

This was the era of Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Carson McCullers, and C.S. Lewis. Among the novels of the day are often required reading for teenagers today are William Golding’s dystopian survival tale Lord of the Flies, Harper Lee’s examination of race and justice To Kill a Mockingbird, and the ultimate tale of teen alienation, J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.

Baby Boomers in the Sandwich Generation

Many members of this influential generation now find themselves in another unique group: the “sandwich generation.” This is the group of mid-life and older adults who are taking care of aging parents and raising children or grandchildren at the same time. While the oldest Boomers are reaching an age where they may need assistance of their own, younger Boomers are trying to find ways to balance caring for Mom and Dad, the kids, their careers, and themselves. Doing it all may involve hiring in-home help, using concierge services, finding reliable respite care, and locating other community resources to get everyone’s needs met.

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  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…

  10. Kathy Townsend April 27, 2018 Reply

    I was born in 1955. Seems like so long ago! Lots of fun memories and family around all the time. Never really lacked for company at all. In our small town, the adults were big on values: listen to your elders, obey the law, make something constructive out of your life. The love for all was palpable. I often tell people I had 4 or 5 “Moms” who would report me in a minute if I did anything wrong. haha Seems like life was more meaningful then than it is now. Technology has brought us down in many ways.

  11. Grace Franklin August 4, 2018 Reply

    We baby boomers were part of an amazing time in America. Just watch Forrest Gump. It depicts true to life eras that actually happened. I was raised in So.California. Just listen to the mamas and the papas and ah… Reminis. I believe we are a generation aging with alot of memories of our youth.

  12. Grace Franklin August 4, 2018 Reply

    Us baby boomers have memories just like the ones depicted in the movie Forrest Gump.

  13. Sue November 1, 2018 Reply

    We, Baby Boomers, are proud of our Title.

  14. Peggy Henderson November 16, 2018 Reply

    Im a baby boomer and took care of my mother worked all my life and raised 2 of my grandkids and 3 of my own. Wonderful life.

  15. Julie Wiser November 26, 2018 Reply

    My husband and I were chatting with our daughter on Thanksgiving, and mentioned the following about boomers (we’re age 62 & 65):
    1. If we got ourselves in a tough spot, we’d seek out a sibling or friend for help before ever telling our parents. Good or bad, our parents didn’t know everything about our lives and we often wanted to keep it that way, until we were married and had children!
    2. Unless our parents knew a trade or had hobbies like wood working, auto mechanics or sewing, we were often better tinkerers and home repair hackers than our folks, and often fixed things for them.
    3. For myself and everyone in my age group, we couldn’t wait to move out, and we rarely moved back home. If money was tight, we’d rent a tiny room in a house or negotiate the monthly rate of the couch in the corner of the living room.

  16. Alois Obunga May 3, 2019 Reply

    The ‘Baby Boomers’ even outside the US subscribe to the observed characteristics and values. Yes, they are simply Determined and Blessed by Creation to complement the other generations in that way…

  17. Boomer Laugh June 18, 2019 Reply

    You Boomers are so self-absorbed lol. You guys have shaped this world into the terrible mess its in! A shared room in the Bay area can now cost $3000 a month. Is that affordable housing, the way you guys had it? Do you know who the landlords are? Lazy Entitled Boomers. We will be paying for your retirement and Social Security will collapse because it is so selfish! Depend on your own resources, not the labor of your children and grandchildren!

  18. Terry Pegula September 13, 2019 Reply

    Look at me, I’m a boomer! I’m selfish and ruined the economic landscape for generations to come. Don’t forget, I graduated high school with C+ grades! Watch me go buy a house and get a job that pays livable wages without a college degree! I’m sick of these lazy millennials going to college and being saddled with debt for 25 years, they should get minimum wage jobs and be happy that they have a clam shell of a home to crawl into at night.

  19. boomerang September 18, 2019 Reply

    Dear Boomer Laugh: Having grown up in San Francisco and being a 4th generation (!) native, how do you think it felt to have to move out to Walnut Creek in order to buy a first home in 1970….Priced right out of San Francisco back then which is not ever mentioned anywhere. Jobs were not plentiful outside of the city nor did they pay well either. It was a two hour commute back into San Francisco to make a few extra bucks a week, which required hitching a ride to the Greyhound bus depot in Pleasant Hill then the bus ride over the Bay Bridge into the City and then an 8 block walk to work on Montgomery from the Transit Station. Repeat in reverse at the end of the work day. Cook dinner and do laundry was all the time left before bed. So tell me where all the affordable housing was for us native baby boomers? You might want to look into the demographics of the new landlords who are possibly from your generation who invest all that stock option money…they control the rent box. I could never move back to S.F. being priced out 49 years ago…getting tired of all the moaning as though all of us boomers were and are so privileged and own all the property. We have no expectations that your generation will every have to take care of us…we are not only boomers but a sandwiched generation who take responsibility for grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren. Please don’t lump us all in a heap by calling us “You Boomers”. Both of my parents had to work to support us and I don’t blame them for assigning us duties like making dinner, cleaning house, mowing lawns, painting fences or pulling weeds which in the end (with no allowance money by the way) gave us a step up in life with a good work ethic. I paid into the Social Security system since I was 14 years old. I was later self employed with my own business paying both ends of the Social Security tax…that was a whooper amount on top of the payroll taxes and insurance for my employees and my long hours away from my family before my take home pay. Life and wealth was not served on a silver platter as you assume. We are not depending on the labor of our children or grandchildren believe me!

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