U.S. Millennial Population Expected To Overtake Boomers In 2019
The millennial generation is now grown up and will soon be the dominant demographic in America at 73 million people, according to U.S. Census Bureau projections.
A millennial is anyone born between the years of 1981 and 1996, by Pew Research Center standards.
These 22 to 37-year-olds are leading the direction for pop culture and the future of work, influencing economic vibrancy and technological trends around the world.
Compared to their grandparents of the "silent generation" 50 years ago, this age group is better educated and more likely to live in metropolitan areas. However, millennials are more detached from the major institutions that comprise much of America's existing social structures: politics, religion and marriage.
What could these generational differences mean for the United States, and can the divide be bridged? How are an increasingly diverse population and issues like immigration and gender equality shaping life for different age groups in America?
What aspects of millennial life are simply stereotypes and which socioeconomic factors continue to shape all generations?
- Kim Parker, director of social trends for the Pew Research Center
- Chris Hajek, professor of communication at the University of Texas at San Antonio
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