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It has been a period during which Americans, especially Millennials, have become more detached from major institutions such as political parties, religion, the military and marriage. Our analysis finds several distinctive ways that Millennials stand out when compared with the Silent Generation, a group of Americans old enough to be grandparents to many Millennials:.
The educational trajectory of young women across the generations has been especially steep. Educational gains are not limited to women, as Millennial men are also better educated than earlier generations of young men. These higher levels of educational attainment at ages 21 to 36 suggest that Millennials — especially Millennial women — are on track to be our most educated generation by the time they complete their educational journeys. However, women have made bigger gains over the period. Back when Silents were ages 21 to 36, women were 6 points less likely than men to have finished at least four years of college education.
Gen Xers were the first generation of women to outpace men in educational attainment, with a 3-percentage-point advantage among Gen X women ages 21 to By comparison, the Baby Boom generation was the most recent in which men were better educated than women, having a 2-point advantage over young Boomer women.
Among Millennials, that pattern has flipped. This shift to more women in the workplace occurred as early aswhen Boomers were young. Inthe typical American woman first married at age 21 and the typical man wed at Bythose figures climbed to 27 for women and Fifty years ago, America was less racially and ethnically diverse than it is today. Large-scale immigration from Asia and Latin Americathe rise of racial intermarriage and differences in fertility patterns across racial and ethnic groups have contributed to Millennials being more racially and ethnically diverse than prior generations.
However, the share who are black has remained roughly the same.
Although Millennials came of age at a time when the United States engaged in military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan after the Sept. The of young men serving in the active-duty military has decreased drastically since the establishment of an all-volunteer force inwhich is reflected in the decreased share who are veterans since then.
Comparable historical data for veteran status by generation is not available for women, but contrary to men, the of women serving in the active-duty military has risen in recent decades. By comparison, more recent generations are residing in metropolitan areas at higher rates.
Pew Research Center now uses as the last birth year for Millennials in our work. President Michael Dimock explains why. Born afterthe oldest Gen Zers will turn 23 this year.
They are racially and ethnically diverse, progressive and pro-government, and more than 20 million will be eligible to vote in November. Despite an uptick in positive views of the economy in some places, many say that children will be worse off financially than their parents.
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