Well, we had a good run.
Courtesy of the AP:
A new analysis by the Brookings Institution shows that 50.7% of U.S. residents were under age 40, as of July 2019.
The Brookings’ analysis of population estimates released this summer by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the combined millennial, Generation Z and younger generations numbered 166 million people. The combined Generation X, baby boomer, and older cohorts represented 162 million U.S. residents.
“To many Americans — especially baby boomers themselves — this news may come as a shock. For them, the term “millennial” has been associated with a youthful, often negative, vibe in terms of habits, ideology, and politics,” William Frey, a senior fellow at Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program, wrote in the analysis. “Now, the oldest millennial is 39, and with their numbers exceeding those of baby boomers, the millennial generation is poised to take over influential roles in business and government.”
Those under age 40 are more diverse than the older cohorts, with almost half identifying as being part of a racial or ethnic minority. Past surveys show that the younger generations split from the older generations on issues such as immigration reform, criminal justice reform and environmental protection, and the pandemic and recent racial justice protests are likely to galvanize the younger groups to promote an array of progressive causes, Frey wrote.
Millennials typically are defined as being born between 1981 and 1996. Baby boomers, long considered a primary driver of demographic and social change in the U.S. because of their large numbers, were born between the end of World War II and the arrival of the Beatles in the U.S. in 1964.
Squeezed between the boomers and millennials, Generation Xers were born in the late 1960s and 1970s. Members of Generation Z were born after 1996.
Personally I am more than ready to hand the reins of power over to the younger generation.
Because let’s face it Boomers, we fucked this thing up hard.
I remember how ideological we were in the ’60s and early ’70s.
I really did believe we were going to change the world, for the better.
And we did some good things, we really did.
But damn we really screwed the pooch in other areas.
We did virtually nothing to halt global warming, we started several unnecessary wars, and we made very little progress with improving racial relations.
Women are once again being forced to fight for control of their reproductive systems, and gun violence has never been worse.
And when it comes to politics it’s like we lost our damn minds.
I think I lost hope for our generation when we helped to reelect George W. Bush in 2004.
I was horrified by that, and so you can only imagine my absolute disgust when we also came out in large numbers for Donald Trump.
Ultimately I do not think that the younger generation could really do much worse, and they have a real opportunity to do much, much better.
I obviously cannot speak for the entire millennial generation but my 34-year-old daughter has not only bought a new house but is turning it into a business and making a special addition for her cranky old father to move in when the time is right.
If the rest of her generation are even half as on the ball, we will all do just fine.