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Population by Generation, 2016

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Boomers and older generations now account for less than one-third of the U.S. population, according to the Census Bureau's 2016 population estimates. Millennials and younger generations account for the 52% majority of Americans.

Generational power is shifting as older generations shrink and younger ones grow. In the past year, the number of Gen Xers fell by 57,000, Boomers lost 652,000 of their peers, and the number of older Americans (born in 1945 or earlier) dropped by 1.7 million. Since 2010, the number of older Americans has fallen by more than 10 million.

Between 2015 and 2016 the number of Millennials grew by 348,000, the iGeneration by 280,000, and the Recession generation gained a whopping 4 million as births over the year expanded its ranks. In 2017, the Recession generation will surpass older Americans in size.

Size of generations in 2016 (and % of total population)

323,127,513 (100%): Total population
27,989,207 (8.7%): Recession generation (aged 0 to 6)
62,788,936 (19.4%): iGeneration (aged 7 to 21)
79,159,101 (24.5%): Millennial generation (aged 22 to 39)
49,151,059 (15.2%): Generation X (aged 40 to 51)
74,102,309 (22.9%): Baby Boom (aged 52 to 70)
29,936,901 (9.3%): Older Americans (aged 71-plus)

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