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10 Interesting Baby Boomer Facts and Stats

by Bill Ness on 18 Comments

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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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    1. 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. : )

    2. 4 – four baby boomers are gay. Look up the statistics on gay/straight ratios and do a little math. Silly question…

  1. 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.

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

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

  3. 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!

  4. I am Gay. Was born that way, did not choose. Believe me no one coming of age even now let alone in the 1960’s/1970’s would choose the discrimination that comes with being Gay. Only crazy religious bigots believe Gay people choose to be Gay. They do however have a choice of religion which they claim “found” them, but in fact they were raised with.

    Many silly numbers have been bandied about as to the size of the Gay population. Having researched this very deeply I can tell you it is likely about 3%. What is interesting is when you look at morbidity among baby Boomers based upon Social Security actuarial tables, males have unexplained death rates of about 1,000 per every 100,000 people higher then to be expected. Since there are 38 cohorts of baby Boomers (units of 100,000 males and 100,000 females). I believe this is heavily influenced by AIDS death rates prior to the 1990’s when effective treatments and prevention of AIDS appeared.

    There were about 2.28 million LGBT Americans in total. Of the 1,14 million Gay men, I estimate that at least 400,000 or 35% died prematurely because of AIDS which jives with the discrepancy in the SS actuarial tables. Based upon current stats there should be about 1.6 million LGBT Americans today of which 1/3 are men and 2/3 are women.

  5. None of these answers will help me with a term paper on Baby Boomers. What a strange question. Will it somehow change your life? Just curious?

    1. Obviously you are all diluted. Being gay is a privilege. You straight people will never understand. The world would be a better place if everyone was gay, and all of the children that gay couples would bring into the world would be bring forth an extremely more tolerant generation..

  6. Please tell me the responses on this topic were asked in the 90s. Are you kidding me???
    I think the experts on the responses in regards to did gay people choose to be gay or is it a disease would be in fact “Gay People”…Here’s a fun fact for you…for me I was born Gay. Just as you started having an attraction to boys or girls as a heterosexual, I a “Gay woman” developed an attraction to women. So either we are lying or we are telling the truth. Fact I am a baby boomer.
    Fact I love Jesus and believe in him with all my heart.
    Fact More Gays have died from murder and suicide
    Then Aids.

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