Friday, January 12, 2018

Where Millennials Outnumber Baby Boomers

As a member of Generation X I increasingly find myself caught in the middle of a generational war between Millennials and Baby Boomers. It is a war that Millennials just might be beginning to win. The latest reports from the front-line suggest that the Millennials have now captured most large urban centers and are increasingly pushing Baby Boomers out into the wilderness, beyond the walls of our towns and cities.

Yesterday Alisdair Rae tweeted a map he created which shows Where Millennials Outnumber Baby Boomers in the UK. The map shows that in most local authority areas Baby Boomers outnumber Millennials. However in the most densely populated areas in large towns and cities Millennials actually outnumber Baby Boomers.

Alisdair's map inspired Census Mapper to create an interactive map showing Millennials vs Boomers in Canada. The map uses data from the 2016 census to show areas where there are more Millennials (people born in the years 1982 through 2000) and where there are more Boomers (people born 1946 through 1964).

In Canada there are slightly more Boomers than Millennials. But only just and the total numbers of each are pretty even. However there is a big difference in where Boomers and Millennials live. As in the UK Baby Boomers dominate in most rural areas (except areas with a large First Nations population). The Millennials though have captured most of Canada's largest towns and cities (although I suspect most of the property is still owned by Boomers and members of Generation X).

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