How Can You Determine Which Generation You Belong To?


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To determine which generation you belong to, compare your birth year to data gathered by organizations that track demographic trends such as The Pew Research Center. A generation refers to groups of people born over a 15- to 20-year span.

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Pew defines the Millennial Generation as those born between 1981 and 1997. Millenials were the first generation to come of age in the new millennium.

Generation X was born between 1965 and 1980 and is also known as the Baby Bust Generation because of the relatively low birth rates during this time. A 1991 novel by Douglas Coupland titled "Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture" popularized the name for this generation.

If you were born between 1946 and 1964, you are a part of the Baby Boom Generation, named after a boom in U.S. births following World War II.

The Silent Generation was born between 1928 and 1945. Time Magazine coined the term in a 1951 article, referring to the conformist nature of this generation, raised during World War II and The Great Depression.

The Greatest Generation was born before 1928. The name for this generation was made popular by journalist Tom Brokaw, who wrote a book of the same name chronicling those who fought and won World War II.

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