Millennials now outnumber Boomers in Minnesota

Categories: Civil Society
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Chart courtesy of Minnesota Compass
Millennials -- the generational cohort that embodies people aged 14 to 33 -- now outnumber Boomers (and all other generations) in Minnesota.

The news comes via Minnesota Compass, which crunched the numbers in response to all the attention Millennials have been getting from the media lately.

There are 1.5 million Millennials in Minnesota, compared to 1.3 million Baby Boomers, who represent 25 percent of the state population.

Compass also dug into the demographic info, determining that 1 in 4 Millennials in Minnesota is a person of color, and they rank No. 2 for voter turnout, putting the lie to the notion that they are lazy or disconnected from their communities.

Unfortunately, it appears Millennials aren't getting their fair share of good jobs. In 2013, the median salary for workers aged 16-19 was down 21% compared to 1980, and for ages 20-24 it was down 23%.

No wonder raising the state minimum wage has recently become an issue.


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22 comments
pmcomeau
pmcomeau

 So to be a picky Gen X... I noticed you missed a group. Between the "Greates" (god I really hate that name) and Boomers, The Silent Generation, also know as the parents of Gen X.


Generally they were too young to serve in the war and were born just before or during (e.g. 1937 or so) 


Again just being picky...

Steph Wilson
Steph Wilson

When does a generation start and end?? Is it a length of time or what happens within a certain time frame?? I heard that Millenials are 35-21 and the newest generation was the "entitled" generation...

Joshua Warren
Joshua Warren

Wth is a millennial. I grew up in the 90's and thought it was gen Y. How am I lumped in with college kids at the age of 30?

Nick Warhead
Nick Warhead

What about those between 33 and the Boomers? Is that still called "Generation X"?

Andrew Cornelius
Andrew Cornelius

A greater percentage of old people vote, but progressive candidates are electable (a socialist in Seattle, actual progressive in NYC, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, etc.). When you say young people don't vote, that's misleading. They were the ones getting arrested in DC recently in protest of Keystone XL after all.

renogruber
renogruber

Hello Legalized Marijuana.  Goodbye Werthers and BenGay.

Steve Anderson
Steve Anderson

Good news. It's time for geezers like me to be displaced and die off. We've done enough damage. I just hope they do a better job of running things than we did.

Andrew Cornelius
Andrew Cornelius

The minimum wage is probably becoming an issue because unemployment and underemployment are finally hitting the white populace with such veracity. When such things primarily affected minority communities a lot of people didn't give a damn. Racism still runs deep in this land, as does self-interest.

JayGabler
JayGabler

@citypages “Awesome. [packs bong, plays Smiths record, orders pizza, naps]” - Gen X Minnesotans

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

this is surprising ay @whitematt


1 in 4 Millennials in Minnesota is a person of color

pmcomeau
pmcomeau

It varies depending who you talk too... some people like to maintain it as a strict every 20 years sort thing others (like Coupland who authored Generation X) like to use more cultural and historical markers that are shared by a large group. 


So YMMV.

tim.brackett
tim.brackett

Except you don't read (i.e. the part of this very story that discusses being #2 in voter turnout).

tim.brackett
tim.brackett

As long as they don't destroy the planet to facilitate their greed, it won't be hard to do a better job running things.

tim.brackett
tim.brackett

Or, it could be because millenials are under/un-employed as a generation, given this story is about millenials.


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