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Baby Boomers of ColorImplications for Social Work Policy and Practice$
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Melvin Delgado

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231163019

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231163019.001.0001

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Baby Boomer Demographic Profile and Trends

Baby Boomer Demographic Profile and Trends

(p.35) 3 Baby Boomer Demographic Profile and Trends
Baby Boomers of Color

Melvin Delgado

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the demographic profile of baby boomers, including age distribution, geographic location, racial and ethnic breakdown, as well as other important demographic parameters. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, baby boomers represent 26.4% of the US population, or an estimated 81.5 million people, up from 62 million in 2000. Around one-third of baby boomers were unmarried, with the majority of these being either divorced or never married, and 10% were widowed. In 2006, five states accounted for almost 36% of the US baby boomer population: California (8,809,000 or 11.5%), Texas (5,637,000 or 7.3%), New York (5,081,000 or 6.6%), Florida (4,647,000 or 6%), and Pennsylvania 3,373,000 or 4.4%). The remainder of the chapter covers US population projections and the impact of the rising number of boomers and older adults in the nation's prison system.

Keywords:   baby boomers, baby boomer generation, demographic data, US population, older adults, prison system

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