- Approximately 77 million babies were born in the U.S. during the “boom” years of 1946-1964. (US Dept. of Health & Human Services)
- In January 2006, the first boomers turned 60. By 2011, the oldest baby boomers turned 65, and, on average can expect to live to 83.
- One in four Americans is a baby boomer. This is the largest population group in U.S. history turns 50 every 18 seconds and 60 every 7 seconds.
- Baby boomers comprise 28% of the U.S. population, nearly 3 in 10 Americans.
- Half of all baby boomers and 2/3 of younger boomers have children under 18 living in their household. More than one third of boomers care for an older parent. (AARP)
- Boomers are concentrated in metropolitan areas, as opposed to rural counties. Regionally, they are more highly concentrated in New England, the Mid-Atlantic States the upper Great Lake states and the Pacific Northwest. (U.S. Census Bureau)
(Research taken from the 2004 “Reinventing Aging – Baby Boomers and Civic Engagement” report, Harvard School of Public Health & MetLife Foundation Initiative on Retirement and Civic Engagement, unless otherwise cited.)