Members of Generation X most concentrated in Georgia

BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM
BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Credit: Nedra Rhone

Credit: Nedra Rhone

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

Explore 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.

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.

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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

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

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