Census: Millennials most diverse generation ever, outnumber baby boomers

By Tharadjyne Orisma

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) -- A new report from the U.S. Census shows the millennial population has surpassed the baby boomers -- and represents unprecedented diversity.

Those born between 1982 and 2000 now make up a fourth of the nation's population - at 83.1 million. The baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, number 75.4 million.


Millennials also represent the most diverse generation ever, with 44.2 percent being part of a minority race or ethnic group, according to the estimates released Thursday by the Census Bureau.

The entire U.S. population has become more racially and ethnically diverse with the minority population rising from 32.9 percent in 2004 to 37.9 percent in 2014.

But it's America's youngest citizens, those younger than 5, who will bring the most change to the nation's demographics. In 2014, they became "majority-minority" for the first time, meaning less than half the population was comprised of non-Hispanic, single-race whites, with 50.2 percent being part of a minority race or ethnic group.

Based on other Census reports, the whole country is expected to be "majority-minority" by 2044.

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