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Members of Generation X most concentrated in Georgia


Different generations can have a dramatic impact on the character of a city.

Read more: Ages of Atlanta, how Millennials and Boomers are shaping the way we live in Atlanta

Millennials (ages 16 - 35) are currently the largest generation of Americans, while Baby Boomers (ages 52 - 70), previously the largest generation, have been shrinking.

Generation X (ages 36 - 51) make up about one-fifth of the total population while the Silent Generation and the Greatest Generation (ages 71 and over) are about nine percent of the total population.

As each generation moves through a different phase of life, they also move around the country accordingly.

This summer, Governing the States and Localities, released an analysis of new Census data which showed just how certain generations are moving across the states .

Based on the data, Generation X is pretty big on Georgia.

In 2016, members of Generation X were most concentrated in Georgia and New Jersey, accounting for 21.5 percent of the total population in each state.

Related: Gen X Housing Bust

Millennials were most prevalent in the District of Columbia and Utah, which also happens to be the youngest state in the union.

Baby Boomers began flocking to Florida and Arizona in the six year period from 2010 to 2016, but it should be noted that the Millennial population in those states still grew at a faster rate than Baby Boomers.

As a group, Boomers tend to congregate in the Northeastern states. They make up more than a quarter of the population in seven states including Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. For some reason, Boomers have bolted from Alaska in recent years. The state lost 13 percent of its Boomer population, the largest decline of any state.

Here's a look at Georgia's estimated 2016 population by generations:

Post-Millennials  2,221,481

Millennials           2,808,254

Gen X                     2,202,765

Baby Boomers      2,232,542

Silent & Greatest Generation 784,134

Be sure to read the AJC's special coverage on how different generations are impacting life in Atlanta.


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Nedra Rhone has been a features reporter with the AJC for 10 years. She’s written about everything from fashion to food to news.