It started with Generation X, people born between 1965-1980. The preceding generation was the Baby Boomers, born 1946-1964. Post-World War II, Americans enjoyed newfound prosperity, which resulted in a “baby boom.” The children born as a result were dubbed the Baby Boomers.
The term Generation X has been used in a couple earlier ways, but the primary use of the term now is used to define the generation following the Baby Boomers. The X was used to give the idea that the generation resisted being defined, with reference to the variable “x” rather than some other characteristic.
That is why the generations today each span 15 years with Generation Y (Millennials) born from 1980 to 1994; Generation Z from 1995 to 2009 and Generation Alpha from 2010 to 2024. So it follows that Generation Beta will be born from 2025 to 2039.
|Gen Z||1997 – 2012||9 – 24|
|Millennials||1981 – 1996||25 – 40|
|Gen X||1965 – 1980||41 – 56|
|Boomers II||1955 – 1964||57 – 66|
Generation X refers to people born during the early to mid-1960s through 1980. … Generation X, also called Gen Xers, grew up with minimal adult supervision and thus learned the value of independence and work-life balance. They also appreciate informality, are technologically adept, flexible and highly educated.
Born in 1924 or earlier. Tom Brokaw coined the term the Greatest Generation as a tribute to Americans who lived through the Great Depression and then fought in WWII.
|Generation Name||Births Start||Births End|
|Millennials Generation Y, Gen Next||1980||1994|
|iGen / Gen Z||1995||2012|
A member of Gen Z is anyone born between 1996 and the early-mid 2000s (end date can vary depending on source). In the U.S., there are approximately 90 million members of Gen Z, or “Gen Zers.”
1928 – 1945
Millennials. While many may flippantly describe all young people as millennials, the term is actually understood to refer to people who were born in the time period ranging from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s and early 2000s.
Millennials are the smartest, richest, and potentially longest living generation of all time.
The top five cities where Gen X plans to house hunt include Charlotte, North Carolina; Tampa, Florida; Raleigh, North Carolina; Seattle, Washington; and Portland, Oregon.
Gen X: Gen X was born between 1965 and 1979/80 and is currently between 41-56 years old (65.2 million people in the U.S.)
It’s truly the millennial generation, born and shaped fully in the 21st century, and the first generation that in record numbers will see in the 22nd century as well. And that’s why we’ve called them Generation Alpha.
As a matter of common knowledge, we know that a generation averages about 25 years—from the birth of a parent to the birth of a child—although it varies case by case.
The name game
The “silent generation” are those born from 1925 to 1945 – so called because they were raised during a period of war and economic depression. The “baby boomers” came next from 1945 to 1964, the result of an increase in births following the end of World War II.
Lost Generation, a group of American writers who came of age during World War I and established their literary reputations in the 1920s. The term is also used more generally to refer to the post-World War I generation.
The Gen-Z term, which gained popularity on TikTok, describes anything that’s considered uncool, untrendy, or people who deliberately stick to “older” trends. The term was coined by 23-year-old Gaby Rasson and was used among her friend group before it became widely known.
Despite this, older generations hold a stereotype that Gen Z is “entitled” and “lethargic,” negatively affecting their reputation and limiting their opportunities in the workforce. … In the case of Gen Z, they have “watched their parents lose their jobs and sell their homes, and that changed who they became.