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Oldest Baby Boomers Turn 60!

In 2006, the oldest of the baby boomers, the generation born between 1946
and 1964, will turn 60 years old. Among the Americans celebrating their
60th will be our two most recent presidents, George W. Bush and Bill
Clinton. Other well-known celebrities reaching this milestone include Cher,
Donald Trump, Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton.

To commemorate this occasion, the Census Bureau has compiled a collection
of facts relating to, perhaps, our most celebrated generation.

78.2 million
Estimated number of baby boomers, as of July 1, 2005.

Number of people turning 60 each day in 2006, according to projections.
That amounts to 330 every hour.

James & Mary
The most popular baby names for boys and girls, respectively, in 1946.
Today, the names Jacob and Emily lead the list; James ranks 17th among
boys and Mary is 63rd among girls. (Source: Social Security Administration,

Percentage of women baby boomers in 2005.

9.1 million
Estimated number of baby boomers in 2004 who were black.

Proportion of Alaskaís population that was part of the baby boom
generation, as of the last census. Baby boomers also comprised 30 percent
or more of the population in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. In contrast,
Utah (23 percent) was the only state where baby boomers constituted less
than 25 percent.

Then and Now
141.4 million
Estimated U.S. population in 1946. Today, the nationís population stands at
297.7 million.  and

33% and 5%
The proportions of adults age 25 and older with at least a high school
diploma and at least a bachelorís degree,
respectively, in 1947. By 2004, the respective proportions had risen to 85
percent and 28 percent.

The Future
Average annual expenditures on health care in 2004 for people ages 45 to 54
ó the age group that is the heart of the baby boom generation. When
budgeting medical expenses, baby boomers should expect increased
health-care spending as they age; for instance, those age 55 to 64 spent
$3,262 and those 65 and over, $3,899.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics at

57.8 million
Number of baby boomers living in 2030, according to projections; 54.9
percent would be female. That year, boomers would be between ages 66 and

The number of workers for each Social Security beneficiary in 2031, when
all baby boomers will be over age 65. Currently, there are 3.3 workers for
each Social Security beneficiary. (Source: Social Security Administration,

Number of continuing care retirement facilities in 2003. Many boomers could
have parents in need of such facilities or may have to move into such a
facility themselves in the future.
Staying Young and Fit
Number of fitness and recreation centers nationwide in 2003. These are good
places to visit on a regular basis for boomers who are trying to become or
stay physically fit.

Number of cosmetics, beauty supply and perfume stores in 2003. These stores
carry numerous antiaging skin care products aimed at people in this age

ďSpecial EditionsĒ of the U.S. Census Bureauís Facts for Features are
issued to provide background information for less known observances,
anniversaries of historic events and other timely topics in the news.

Editorís note: Some of the preceding data were collected from a variety of
sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of

Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureauís Public
Information Office at (301) 763-3030; fax (301) 457-3670; or e-mail


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