Millennials surpassing Baby Boomers in population, diversity

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Millennials are now the largest generation in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Data shows there are an estimated 75.4 million Millennials growing larger than the Baby Boomer generation with 74.9 million.

Millennials encompass Americans born between 1982 and 2000. They now make up a quarter of the country’s population estimates.

The Pew Research Center said the generational shift is due in part to Baby Boomer deaths and a growth in the young immigrant population. Pew research shows by 2036 the Millennial population will have ballooned out to 81.1 million.

The influx of young immigrants may account for the diversity in the population’s race and ethnicity. Texas numbers showed the state having the biggest numeric growth in Hispanic population; alongside California, who has the largest Hispanic population. Additionally, Texas increased the most in numbers of black people moving to the state.

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