Millennials, or America’s youth born between 1982 and 2000, now number 83.1 million and represent more than one quarter of the nation’s population. Their size exceeds that of the 75.4 million baby boomers, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today. These latest population estimates examine changes among groups by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin nationally, as well as in all states and counties, between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2014.
millennials are more diverse than the generations that preceded them,
with 44.2 percent being part of a minority race or ethnic group (that
is, a group other than non-Hispanic, single-race white).
- Even more diverse than millennials are the youngest Americans: those
younger than 5 years old. In 2014, this group became majority-minority
for the first time, with 50.2 percent being part of a minority race or
- Reflecting these younger age groups, the population as a whole has become more racially and ethnically diverse in just the last decade, with the percentage minority climbing from 32.9 percent in 2004 to 37.9 percent in 2014.
- Five states or equivalents were majority-minority: Hawaii (77.0 percent), the District of Columbia (64.2 percent), California (61.5 percent), New Mexico (61.1 percent) and Texas (56.5 percent).