Despite The 'Boomer Death Counter,' Baby Boomers Going Strong

Everything you wanted to know about baby boomers but were afraid to find out.

Who is a baby boomer?

Anyone born between 1946 and 1964.

Can you opt out of this group?

Unfortunately, no.

Just how many baby boomers are there?

First off, the response "too many" is not an answer, it's an opinion. If you count the 76 million born in the U. S. and subtract the 4 million who have since died, the figure is about 72 million. If you include immigrants, it's roughly 77 million.

Does Connecticut have a lot of baby boomers?

Percentage wise, Connecticut has the fifth highest concentration of baby boomers in the country at 28.1 percent. Vermont tops the list at 30 percent. Overall, baby boomers make up about 25 percent of the U.S. population.

So, a lot of procreating took place between 1946-64?

You think? It's a wonder boomers found time to ruin the world. In 1957, when the boom peaked, there were 4,300,000 babies born in the U.S., which breaks down to 11,780.8 per day, 490.87 per hour, and 8.18 per minute.

How long are boomers going to be around?

The average boomer will live to 83, but will do so with higher rates of hypertension, diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol than the previous generation.

What about baby boomers leaving this world?

The pendulum, of course, is beginning to swing in the other direction with a baby boomer now going toes up every 36.6 seconds. This figure is according to a cheerful Canadian who created something called the "Boomer Death Counter."

Are boomers ever going to retire?

It doesn't look that way. Only 11 percent plan to stop working entirely, while an AARP survey found that a majority say they plan to "work until they drop."

What are some other things I should know about baby boomers?

Only 11.7 percent of baby boomers have never been married.

The over-55 set is the fastest growing group purchasing gym memberships.

Some 72 percent of baby boomers have Internet access in their homes, and spend an average of 27 hours per week online.

What is the baby boomers favorite song?

The choices tend to run all over the place but you figure "Stairway to Heaven" is making a comeback.

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