In short, a baby boomer is anyone born within the years of 1946 and 1964. When World War II ended in 1945, thousands of young men returned from service, got jobs, got married and started families. This resulted in a significant jump in the birth rate (more that 1 million more babies were born in 1946, compared to 1945) an this increased birth rate continued until 1964.
Some Fun Facts About Baby Boomers
- In January 2006, the first baby boomers turned 60.
- In 2011, the oldest baby boomers will turn 65; their average lifespan is estimated at 83 years.
- One in four Americans is a baby boomer. Boomers are the largest population group in U.S. history.
- Baby boomers mostly live in metropolitan areas, as opposed to rural counties. And baby boomers are more highly concentrated in New England, the Mid-Atlantic States the upper Great Lake states and the Pacific Northwest.
- Four out of five boomers (80 percent) envision working in some form during their retirement years. Only 20 percent plan on stopping work to fully retire.