Table of contents for American generations : who they are and how they live / by the editors of New Strategist Publications.


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Introduction  ..  . . . . . . . . . .........................................................  I
Chapter 1. The Generations
Highlights  ................................... .................................... 5
The Millennial Generation: Another Baby Boom ......................................... 8
Generation X: The Baby-Bust Generation ............................................. 13
The Baby-Boom Generation: Center Stage ............................................ 18
The Swing Generation: Quiet Pioneers ............................................... 23
The World War II Generation: The Affluent Old ......................................... 28
Chapter 2. Education
Highlights  .................................................................. 33
Generation X Is the Best Educated .................................................. 34
Young Women Are Better Educated than Young Men ................................... 37
Asians Are Well Educated ................................. .................... 40
Young Adults in the Northeast Are Most Likely to Be College Graduates ..................... 44
More Preschoolers Are in School  ................................................... 46
School Enrollment Peaks among Preteens ............................................. 48
Millennials Have Boosted College Enrollment ......................................... 50
Part-Time Study Is the Norm for Older Students ....................................... 52
Few High School Students Have Jobs ................................................ 54
Millennials Will Boost the Number of College Students in their Twenties ..................... 57
Adult Education Is Popular among Americans under Age 55 ................... ........... 59
Chapter 3. Health
Highlights ....................................................................... 63
Most Americans Feel Very Good or Excellent .......................................... 64
The Birth Rate Has Risen Since the Late 1990s  ..................... . ................ 67
Blacks and Hispanics Have Children at a Younger Age .................................. 69
Most Teenage Mothers Are Not Married .............................................. 71
Most First-Time Mothers Are under Age 25 ........................................... 73
Many Women Are Childless ....................................................... 75
Most Adults Are Overweight ..................................................... . 77
Weight Problems Start Young ..................................................... 80
Most Americans Do Not Get Enough Exercise .......................................... 84
New Drugs Help Lower Cholesterol Levels ........................................... 86
Blood Pressure Is Up  ............................................................ 88
More than One in Five Americans Smoke ............................................. 90
Many Young Adults Are Binge Drinkers .............................................. 93
More than 60 Percent of Young Adults Have Used Illicit Drugs .... ........................ 96
Most Women of Childbearing Age Use Contraceptives ................. ............... 100
Most Teens Avoid Risky Behavior .................................................... 103
Many Older Americans Have Physical Difficulties ............... ................... . 105
Health Problems Are Common among Older Americans .............................. .. 107
Men Aged 30 to 49 Account for Most AIDS Cases ..................................... 111
Asthma and Allergies Affect Many Children .......................................... 113
The Share of Working-Aged People without Health Insurance Is Growing ................... 117!
More than One Billion Health Care Visits in 2002 ..................................... 121
One in Twelve Americans Had a Hospital Stay in 2002 ................... . . ........... 123
Heart Disease Is the Leading Killer of the Oldest Adults . ............................ . 125
Americans Are Living Longer .................................................... 139
Chapter 4. Housing
Highlights ..................................................................... 141
Young Adults Are Most Likely to Move ............................................. 142
Homeownership Rises with Age ................................................... 145
Married Couples Are Most Likely to Be Homeowners .......... ........................ 147
Non-Hispanic Whites Are Most Likely to Own a Home ......................... ......... 149
The Homeownership Rate Is Up in Every Age Group ................... ............... 151
Homeownership Is Highest in the Midwest ........................................... 154
Most Americans Live in Single-Family Homes ....................................... 156
Middle-Aged Married Couples Have the Most Valuable Homes ........................... 158
Housing Costs Are Low for Older Homeowners ........................................ 160
Chapter 5. Income
Highlights ..................................................................... 163
Men's Incomes Have Fallen Since 2000 ............................................. 164
Women's Median Income Is Close to a Record High ............... ................. . 166
Baby-Boom Men Have the Highest Incomes .......................................... 168
Baby-Boom Women Have the Highest Incomes ....................................... 171
The Incomes of Young Woman Are Almost as High as Those of Young Men ................. 174
Since 1980, Older Householders Have Seen the Biggest Gains  ............................ 176
Americans Aged 45 to 54 Are Most Likely to Be Affluent .. ............................ 178
The World War II Generation Has the Lowest Incomes .................................. 180
Two Earners Means Higher Incomes ................................................ 183
Regardless of Race or Hispanic Origin, Incomes Peak in Middle Age ....................... 193
Nearly One-Third of the Elderly Receive Pension Income ............................. 199
Poverty Is Up Since 2000  ........................................................ 202
Black and Hispanic Children Are Most Likely to Be Poor .......... ................... 205
Many Workers Cannot Keep Their Family out of Poverty ............................  207
Chapter 6. Labor Force
Highlights .................................  ............................... . 209
Men of All Ages Are Less Likely to Work ........................................... 210
Men in Their Thirties Are Most Likely to Work  ....................................... . 212
Boomers Are the Largest Share of the Workforce ...................................... 215
Teenagers Are Most Likely to Be Unemployed ....................................... 217
Hispanic Women Are Least Likely to Work .......................................... 219
The Middle Aged Are Professionals, Managers ....................................... 222
The Middle Aged Work Full-Time ................................................. 226
Dual Earners Are the Norm  .................. ..................................... 228
Working Mothers Are the Norm ................................................... 230
Job Tenure Is Declining for Men ................................................... 233
Union Representation Peaks among Workers Aged 45 to 54 ........................... .. 236
The Share of Workers with Flexible Schedules Is Rising . ............................. 238
Older Workers Are More Likely to Be Independent Contractors ........... .. . ........... 240
Self-Employment Rises with Age .................................................. 242
Most Minimum-Wage Workers Are Teens and Young Adults ............................. 244
Summer Jobs Boost Youth Employment ............................................. 246
More Older Workers in the Labor Force .............................................. 248
Chapter 7. Living Arrangements
H ighlights  ......... ............................................................  25 1
Boomers Head the Largest Share of Households ..................................... . 252
Young and Old Have Most Diverse Households ....................................... 255
Millennials Are Most Diverse ...................................................... 258
Oldest Americans Have the Smallest Households ...............  ................... . . 261
Only One-Third of Households include Children under Age 18 .................. ......... 264
Half of Hispanic Households include Children ......................................... 267
Parents in Their Forties Have Teens ................. ............................... 272
Couples in Their Thirties Have the Most Kids at Home . .............................. 274
Householders in the Northeast Are Older ............................................ 276
More Children Live with Single Parents ............................................. 279
More than Three Million Children Live with a Grandparent  .............................. 281
Living Arrangements Differ by Generation ........................................... 283
Most Americans Are Married ..................................................... 288
Younger Generations Stay Single Longer ............................................ . 291
Most Cohabitors Are Young Adults ................................................. 293
Divorce Is Highest among Men and Women in Their Fifties .. .......................... 295
Chapter 8. Population
Highlights ...................................................................... 299
Social Trends Mirror Changing Age Structure ......................................... 300
Sex Ratio Reverses with Age .................... ................................ 304
Greater Diversity among the Young .................................................. 306
Rapid Growth Is Projected for People in Their Sixties and Seventies  ....................... 311
Shifting Immigration Patterns Contribute to Diversity ................................ .317
The West Is the Youngest Region  ............................. ... ................. . . 321
Diversity Is Increasing in Every Region .............................................. 325
Young and Old Are Drawn to Different States ........................................ 334
Racial Diversity Differs by State ................................................... .339
Chapter 9. Spending
H ighlights  ............................ ..........................................  367
At All Ages, Housing Is the Largest Expense ......................................... 368
The Middle Aged Spend the Most ........................... ....... ............ .  375
Spending Dominance of Older Households Is Growing ............................ .. . 379
UnderAge 25: Just the Basics  ...................................................... 383
25-to-34-Year-Olds: Spending on Children ............................................ 387
35-to-44-Year-Olds: More Mouths to Feed ............................................ 391
45-to-54-Year-Olds: The Biggest Spenders ............................................ 395
55-to-64-Year-Olds: Spending Slows  .............................................. .. 399
65 or Older: The Go-Gos and the Slow-Gos ........................................... 403
65-to-74-Year-Olds: Average Spenders ............................................... 407
75 or Older: Spending on Health Care ................................................ 411
Chapter 11. lime Use
H ighlig hts  ......................................... .......... .... .. .......   4 15
Leisure Activities Rank Second in Time Use among Americans .......................... 416
Older Adults Spend the Most Time in Leisure Pursuits .................................. 419
Time Spent at Work Varies Greatly by Age ........................................... 427
Older Americans Spend the Most Time Eating and Drinking ............................. 430
Two-Thirds of Americans Are Online ............................................... 438
Voting Is Down among all but the Oldest Americans ................................... 441
Young Adults Dominate Some Religious Groups ....................................... 443
Twenty-One Percent of Adults Are Caregivers ........................................ 445
More than One in Four Volunteer  .......................................... .......... 447
Vietnam Veterans Outnumber Others ............................................... 452
The Young Are Most Likely to Be Crime Victims ..................................... . 454
Daily Travel Peaks in Middle Age .................................................. 456
Chapter 11. Wealth
H ighlights  .......................................... ............. . ............ . 461
Net Worth Declined for Older Boomers ............................................. 462
Stock Ownership Peaks among Boomers ............................................ 464
Nonfinancial Assets Peak in 55-to-64 Age Group ....................................... 469
Debt Has Grown in Every Age Group ............................................... 473
American Workers Lack Retirement Coverage ......................................... 476
Expected Age of Retirement Has Climbed ........................................... 480



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Consumers United States Statistics, United States Population Statistics