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Millennial Generation

- June 26, 2015
Will today's young adults change American society?
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The nation's 75 million Millennials — those 18 to 34 years old — are the largest generation in the United States. More Millennials are in the workforce than any other age group. Next year, they will cast as many votes as Baby Boomers, and in subsequent elections they will reign as the largest generational voting bloc. Millennials also are the most diverse generation in American history: More than 40 percent of them are nonwhite, a huge change from the 1950s, when the United States was nearly 90 percent white. But a weak job market, high levels of student debt and the 2007–09 recession slowed Millennials' launch into successful adulthood, causing many to delay getting married, starting families and purchasing a home. The generation's fortunes are beginning to pick up, however, leading to questions about whether Millennials will reshape the country in their own image — or will end up living much like older generations have in auto-dominated suburbs.

Finding Financial Footing

Young people face low wages and high debt when they enter the workforce.

Urban Dwellers?

Many Millennials who flocked to cities now seek more space in the suburbs as they plan to have families.

1980s–1990sMillennial generation emerges, eventually becoming largest and most diverse in U.S. history.
2000–2009As the oldest Millennials reach adulthood, the country goes to war in Afghanistan and Iraq and suffers the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
2011-PresentMillennials make up increasing shares of the electorate and workforce.

Can Republicans win over Millennials?


David Carney
Republican Consultant; President and CEO, Norway Hill Associates.


Alan Abramowitz
Professor of Political Science, Emory University.
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