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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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A Demographic Focus on Baby Boomers of Color

A Demographic Focus on Baby Boomers of Color

(p.47) 4 A Demographic Focus on Baby Boomers of Color
Baby Boomers of Color

Melvin Delgado

Columbia University Press

This chapter introduces various demographic facets of baby boomers of color. According to the 2011 U.S. Census, no racial or ethnic group of color has more than 10% of its population in the boomer category, with Asians/Pacific Islanders (9.8%) having the largest percentage of boomers, followed by African Americans (9%), Latino/as (6.1%), and American/Alaskan Natives (0.9%). In 2008 almost 60% of Asians, Hawaiians, and Pacific Islander older adults lived in three states: California, Hawaii, and New York. African Americans, however, had a wider national distribution, with 50% living in eight states, including New York, Florida, and California. The remainder of the chapter discusses how the boomer generation is best understood within the context of two powerful and distinct demographic trends in the United States: the nation is graying (getting older) and also becoming more diverse ethnically and racially, that is, browning.

Keywords:   baby boomers of color, baby boom generation, demographic profile, graying, browning, demographic trends

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