10 Interesting Baby Boomer Facts and Stats

by Bill Ness on August 26, 2013

Baby Boomers

Baby Boomers make up over a quarter of the U.S. population, the majority of which are homeowners.

Born after World War II, between 1946 and 1964, Baby Boomers represent our largest-and most talked-about-generation. Baby Boomers are typically characterized as those who grew up watching TV, swooning over The Beatles, protesting the Vietnam War and ushering in social change. Here are 10 facts you may not know about Baby Boomers today:

1. Baby Boomers make up about 26 percent of the population

Many of our most recent Baby Boomer statistics come from the 2006 data gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau. At that time, there were approximately 78 million Baby Boomers, which was 26.1 percent of the general population.

2. California is home to more Baby Boomers than any other state

California tops the census data as the state that has the highest number of Baby Boomers. Its nearly nine million Baby Boomer residents put it far ahead of estimates for the next closest states: Texas (5.6 million), New York (5.1 million), Florida (4.6 million) and Pennsylvania (3.4 million).

3. The highest concentration of Baby Boomers is found in Vermont

When it comes to percentages, Vermont has the highest concentration of Baby Boomers at 30 percent of the total population. In fact, New England is well represented in the top 5 states with Maine coming in at 29.8 percent and New Hampshire at 29.7 percent. Fourth and fifth places go to Montana (28.7 percent) and Connecticut (28.1).

4. Nearly a third of Baby Boomers have graduated college

Baby Boomers represent a diverse educational mix. Census data estimates that 28.8 percent of Baby Boomers have earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher, while another 28.9 percent have attended some college classes.

5. More than half of Baby Boomers support their adult children financially

A 2012 study by the National Center for Policy Analysis took a look, in part, at the way Baby Boomers are spending their money. A surprising 59 percent of Baby Boomer parents were found to be providing financial support to their adult children, including living expenses, medical bills and paying off loans.

6. Baby Boomers are spending less on entertainment and eating out

While they may be spending more on their adult children, Baby Boomers may also be spending less on themselves. From 1990 to 2010, Baby Boomer spending fell in categories such as food, clothing and household furnishings.

7. There are now more female Baby Boomers than males

While the Baby Boomer generation is about still about half male and half female, women are slowing gaining as the generation ages. In 2006, there were approximately 96 male Baby Boomers for every 100 female Baby Boomers.

8. About two-thirds of Baby Boomers are married

Some of the Baby Boomer generation may have once celebrated free love, but the 65.6 percent of Boomers today are married. Only 11.7 percent have never been married, with the rest of today’s Baby Boomers being either divorced (17 percent), separated (3 percent) or widowed (2.7 percent).

9. The majority of Baby Boomers are homeowners

Owning a home was a large part of the traditional American Dream embraced by Baby Boomers. According to a study by the National Association of Realtors, nearly 80 percent of Baby Boomers own their own homes and one out of four owns more than one property.

10. Three Baby Boomers have led from the Oval Office

So far, three U.S. Presidents have been Baby Boomers: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and our current president, Barack Obama. We’ll have to wait until 2016 to see if the trend continues for another term.

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Rebecca Murphy September 15, 2013 at 6:10 pm

How many baby boomers are gay?

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Victor September 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm

That is a VERY strange question to ask, Rebecca! What does it matter?? (And I am NOT gay!)

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Jeff September 25, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Rebecca, I think that your question is very insightful. I’d like to know that too. Gay or not it good to be acquainted with the facts. : )

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Kathy November 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm

If you ever get an answer please forward that to me.

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tp May 16, 2014 at 1:21 pm

4 – four baby boomers are gay. Look up the statistics on gay/straight ratios and do a little math. Silly question…

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Kathy November 2, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Yes, I think it was a great question. I am curiouse to see if homosexuality is a birth defect casued by lack of vitamins and minerals in our food supply that has been on a drastic downslide especially with all the GMOs that we are now consuming. I heard in a seminar by a doctor that he believed that most diseases can be traced back to a mineral or vitamin deficiency including down syndrome and could have been eliminated by simply supplementing the mother’s diet while pregnant. He talked about ADD, ADHD, Homsexuality, Clef Palets, Down Syndrome, etc. I have noticed so many young people these days leaning towards that lifestyle. It would be interesting to know what percent of the baby boomers are gay….I am assuming they had better diets of course.

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Really? April 15, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Homosexuality is not a disease.. It’s a decision.

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Nope May 26, 2014 at 11:41 pm

It’s neither. It’s a sexual orientation. Nobody decides to be attracted to someone. It just happens.

Betty February 28, 2014 at 9:36 pm

A birth defect……really? I hope you aren’t serious but fear you are.

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Carol Ball May 23, 2014 at 3:07 am

Homosexuality is a spiritual problem. Its not a disease nor birth defect. A choice, truth versus error.self worship. Perverting the truth.

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mobile July 25, 2014 at 1:55 am

Wow that was odd. I just wrote an really long comment but after I
clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not publishing all
that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say great blog!

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