78 million people were born between 1946 and 1964, which is defined as the Baby Boomer era, the largest in American history. (U.S. Census)
- In 1957, 4.3 million babies were born in the U.S. This is more than any year before or since. (U.S. Census)
- A second boom has not occurred as Boomers reached childbearing years. Boomers waited longer to have children and many have not had children. Many experts say the Baby Boom phenomenon is a one-time event.
- In 1965, 36% of the U.S. population was under 18 years of age; today 18% is under 18. (U.S. Census)
- After the Boomers came the era of the Generation X. There are about 41 million Generation Xers in the United States. Generation Xers were born between 1968 and 1979. (U.S. Census)
- Baby boomers make up 28% of the American population. (U.S. Census)
- The first baby boomer turned 60 on January 1, 2006.
- An American turns 50 every 7 seconds — that’s more than 12,500 people every day. (U.S. Census)
- As of 2009, 48 is the largest age group in the United States. (U.S. Census)
- By 2015, those aged 50 and older will represent 45% of the U.S. population. (AARP)
- By 2030, the 65-plus population will double to about 71.5 million, and by 2050 will grow to 86.7 million people. (U.S. Census)
- Of the 72 million family households in the U.S., 34 million of them are baby boomer households. (MetLife Mature Market Institute)
- A 50-year-old female can expect to live 82.5 years; a male 78.5 years. (The National Center for Health Statistics)