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Welcome - my name is Kevin Klinkenberg, and this site "The Messy City" is my blog and company website. I started blogging on urban planning and design issues in 2007, and began working in the field in 1993. Please feel free to connect with me on any of the social media sites listed here. Thanks for reading.

The best generation ever!

The best generation ever!

You’ve heard the story, right? There’s this amazing generation of young people coming on the scene now – Millennials! As we call them. They’re enormous, they’re the biggest generation ever, they’re something to behold! In fact, they might even be more amazing as Baby Boomers! BTW, weren’t there a few people born between the two? Generation what? Oh, who cares – they are so small as to be irrelevant. After all- Millennials!

Since I sat through yet another presentation telling me this last week, and a whole series of conference sessions focused on Millennials!  I thought I’d go back and check the numbers, as I have done before. Oh, those pesky numbers – always getting in the way of a good story.

Here is the actual state of age cohorts (by decade) in America, using 2016 Census estimates:

10's41.7 Million

20's44.9 Million

30's43.3 Million

40's40.5 Million    (I'm here!)

50's43.3 Million

60's38.2 Million

70's20.1 Million

OR, by another measure.

15-24        43.9 Million

25-34        42.8 Million

35-44        40.6 Million

45-54        43.8 Million (I'm here!)

55-64        39.4 Million

65-74        25.1 Million

75-84        13.5 Million

Hmm – something appears to be amiss. There doesn’t appear to be the big drop in population between these two famous, media-hungry generations: Baby Boomers and Millennials! In fact, since I was born in 1969, my 45-54 cohort is essentially the same size as the 15-24 group. My fellow 40-somethings are only 9% smaller than 20-somethings, which is quite something since a few in my age group are no longer with us.

How could this be? After all- Millennials! They are huge – enormous, and a force to be reckoned with. They simply dwarf everyone else. I swear that I’ve read that, somewhere, maybe once or twice. Could I be mistaken?

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