Oldest baby boomers turn 60

April 27, 2006

In 2006, the oldest of the baby boomers will turn 60 years old. To commemorate this occasion, the Census Bureau has compiled a collection of facts relating to the generation born between 1946 and 1964.

78.2 million

Estimated number of baby boomers, as of July 1, 2005


Number of people turning 60 each day in 2006, according to projections. That amounts to 330 every hour

James and Mary

The most popular baby names for boys and girls, respectively, in 1946. Today, the names Jacob and Emily lead the list; James ranks 17th among boys and Mary is 63rd among girls


Percentage of women baby boomers in 2005

9.1 million


Estimated number of baby boomers in 2004 who were black. Also, 8.0 million boomers were Hispanic (of any race)

141 million

Estimated U.S. population in 1946. Today, the nation's population stands at about 298 million

The Future


Average annual expenditures on health care in 2004 for people ages 45 to 54 - the age group that is the heart of the baby boom generation. When budgeting medical expenses, baby boomers should expect increased health-care spending as they age; for instance, those age 55 to 64 spent $3,262 and those 65 and over, $3,899

57.8 million

Number of baby boomers living in 2030, according to projections; 54.9 percent would be female. That year, boomers would be between ages 66 and 84


The number of workers for each Social Security beneficiary in 2031, when all baby boomers will be over age 65. Currently, there are 3.3 workers for each Social Security beneficiary.

Editor's note: This data was collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error.

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