NY Times: Younger Turn for a Graying Nation

3 of 9Adult Day Health Care dilemma Trinidad Contreras is a fixture at Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care facility in San Jose, Calif. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Due to budget cuts, the state declared Contreras no longer eligible for benefits, but Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care is continuing to let him participate in its programs without getting reimbursed while he appeals. He spends the hours between about 10 am and 2 pm playing dominos, walking the courtyard and tending the small garden boxes. (Dan Honda/Staff)

THERE are now more young adults than there are baby boomers.

From 1947 through 2010, the largest single age group in the United States was born sometime in the 18 years after the end of World War II. In 1947, that was zero years old — babies who had not yet celebrated their first birthday. In 2010, it was 50-year-olds.

But the Census Bureau now estimates that the biggest such group last year was 22-year-olds. The largest of the baby boom contingents, people who were 53 last year, had fallen to fourth place. The second- and third-ranked age levels were 23- and 21-year-olds.

By one measure — the civilian population — baby boomers lost their status only late last year, according to the Census Bureau. But using a broader measure, which includes members of the armed forces who are stationed in the United States, the change took place in 2011.

One might think that the size of any age cohort could only decline as it ages. Some people now 19 will die within the next year, and no new 20-year-olds will be born. But because of immigration, the Census Bureau says, most age groups up to about 40 years old are getting larger every year. As a result, the groups in their 20s are growing, while those of baby boom age are declining in size.

Baby Boomers No Longer No. 1

 

Continue reading here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/24/business/younger-turn-for-a-graying-nation.html?_r=0

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One Response to “NY Times: Younger Turn for a Graying Nation”
  1. revgerry says:

    Very interesting. Happy to hear it, as a PRE-baby-boomer.

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