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Millennials to the rescue?

Posted on the May 13th, 2008

That this so-named, younger generation has the potential and some very good reasons to solve a lot of problems now ongoing in the U.S. is the possibility posed and discussed by Bob Herbert in his column today in the New York Times (“Here Come the Millennials” by Bob Herbert, May 13, 2008).

Which segment of the American population are they, precisely? As Herbert writes:

The number of young people in the millennial generation (loosely defined as those born in the 1980s and 90s) is somewhere between 80 million and 95 million.

Reading these stats piqued my curiosity about the size of that other humongous segment of Americans, the baby boomers. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, we amount to 78.2 million (as of July 2005).

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