Live blog: Generations in the Next America
The Pew Research Center is hosting a conference to discuss how generational differences are influencing American families, society, politics and policy.
Millennials in Adulthood
Racially diverse, economically stressed and politically liberal, Millennials are building their own networks through social media – rather than through political parties, organized religion or marriage. Half now call themselves political independents, the highest share of any generation.
As the population grays, Americans stay upbeat
Only about one-in-four Americans say the growing number of older people is a major problem for the country.
Global Population by Age, 1950-2050
The population growth in the U.S. and around the world from 1950 to 2010 was rapid—the global population nearly tripled. However, the growth from 2010 to 2050 is projected to be significantly slower and is expected to tilt strongly to the oldest age groups.
Attitudes about Aging Vary Widely in Rapidly Graying World
Concern about aging is highest in East Asia and Europe, where populations are aging the fastest. Americans are less concerned.
Number of older Americans in the workforce is on the rise
The share of Americans ages 65 to 74 who are in the nation’s workforce is expected to break the 30% mark by 2022.
One-in-Ten Children Are Living with a Grandparent
In 2011, 7.7 million children in the U.S.–one-in-ten—were living with a grandparent, and approximately 3 million of these children were also being cared for primarily by that grandparent.
A generational gap in American patriotism
Compared to other generations, a smaller percentage of Millennials say the U.S. is the greatest country in the world.
Young adults: Less trusting in general, but with exceptions
Young adults are less trusting in general but more willing to trust at least some government officials and agencies. Overall, the United States is one of the more trusting societies in the world.
Marijuana: Changing Attitudes
Highlights from the report, “Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana.”