The Baby Boomer Generation—Birth Years, Characteristics, and History – FamilySearch November 25, 2020

I saw this on FamilySearch yesterday – The Baby Boomer Generation—Birth Years, Characteristics, and History: Article is longer, but here are some details. One of the advantages or disadvantages of taking business courses at several colleges at the same timeis how each textbook defined the various generations. By that, I mean the start and stop points for each generation varied by textbook writer, often by more than a few years. The author kind of makes this point, but doesn’t go into more detail.

November 25, 2020 by Robert Smith 

The “Baby Boomer Generation” refers to people who were born during the years following World War II. Though the term “baby boomer” wouldn’t be used for this generation until 1963, the boomers were the largest generational group in the United States until very recently.

Note: The review of the Baby Boomer Generation and other generations mainly apply to the United States. Globally, countries often have different names and ways of defining generations.

When Was the Baby Boomer Generation?

Although there is some variation depending on the birth years that comprise the Baby Boomer Generation, a widely accepted range is 1946–1964. This range is used by the Pew Research Center. The parents of the baby boomers were members of the Silent Generation and the Greatest Generation.

What Is the Baby Boomer Generation Known For?

Baby boomers got their name from a phenomenon known as the baby boom. This boom was a spike in birth rates after World War II. In the United States, around 3.4 million babies were born in 1946, more than ever before in United States history. This trend continued, with 3 to 4 million babies being born each year from 1946 to 1964. These births led to a total baby boom population of nearly 72.5 million, the largest generational cohort in the United States at the time.Search Birth and Other Vital Records

What Caused the Baby Boom?

This rapid rise in births is attributed to many causes. In some cases, those who wanted families had waited until after the war was over to have children. By this time, the Great Depression’s economic turmoil and the war were finally subsiding. Soldiers returned home ready to start families and hoped to provide a better life for their children. Through the G.I. Bill, many veterans were afforded economic and educational opportunities, allowing them to own homes and support children.


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