Fun Facts About Baby Boomers

In the years following World War II, the country saw a sharp increase in births and, as a result, the term “baby boom” was used to describe this period. If you were born between 1946 and 1964, you are considered one the 76 million Americans known as a Baby Boomer. Baby Boomers make up an influential demographic that is considered the wealthiest and most active of all generations. 

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Following are some interesting “fun facts” about Baby Boomers that helps to better define their generation:

  • 90% are married and 49% were married between the ages of 18 and 33, compared to  36% of Generation Xers and 26% of Millennials 
  • Baby Boomers are a hard working generation: 80% of Baby Boomers in their early 50s are still in the workforce and more than 30% of the oldest Baby Boomers continue to work in some capacity
  • Baby Boomers are most likely to hold the highest-paying jobs 
  • They have more disposal income for food, apparel and retirement programs than any other generation and are responsible for 70% of the disposal income in the U.S.
  • They are in line to inherit more than $15 trillion over the next 20 years
  • 78% of Boomers are online and at least 82% have at least one social media account 
  • Baby Boomers remember when the first cell phones and personal computers were introduced 
  • As a result of incredible advances in technology and media over their lifetime, Baby Boomers are the last generation to remember things like:
  1. Using a typewriter
  2. Looking up a topic in an encyclopedia
  3. Making a Christmas list using the infamous Sears catalog
  4. Talking to an operator by dialing “0” on their phone
  5. Using a rotary phone and even a pay phone
  6. Having to change the channels using the knob on the TV and then listening to the National Anthem play and seeing the channels on a TV sign off at the end of a night
  7. Purchasing a vinyl record by a popular music group
  • Baby Boomers want adventure in their lives and are likely to try extreme sports like skydiving, paragliding or whitewater rafting
  • Their sense of adventure carries over to their vacations — they enjoy finding ways to make trips educational and active
  • They know the name of the host who introduced the Beatles to American TV and later danced to the music on American Bandstand and Soul Train each week
  • Many Baby Boomers remember defining moments in history including:  Rosa Parks refusing to move to the back of the bus, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Jr., watching Neil Armstrong take the first step on the moon, and Watergate  

Baby Boomers are a hard-working, impressive generation that has made a significant impact in our society. They have seen many changes throughout their lifetime, but seem to have embraced them all and maintained an attitude of living life to the fullest.