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Millennial Numbers Surged Early in Utah v. US

Utah Foundation

Utah Millennials were 15 years ahead of the rest of the country in overtaking the number of baby boomers. That’s according to a Utah Foundation report released Thursday.

Millennials are generally defined as being born in the early 1980’s to the early 2000’s. Nationally, they are expected to outnumber boomers this year. Mallory Bateman is a research analyst for the Utah Foundation.

“I was personally surprised at how big our millennial population is and how big it has been for many years,” says Bateman.

She says that makes the ratio of Millennials to the rest of us in Utah, the second highest in the nation. She says the research also found Utah women in that age group are having fewer babies between the ages of 20 and 24 and who are waiting until they are 30 to 34 years old to be mothers.

“They are having more children in that group than GenXer’s when they were the same age,” says Bateman, “and definitely more than Boomers when they were the same age.’

Bateman says about 40 % of those moms are staying at home. She says the ways that Utah is unique have impacts on many different facets of life. Bateman says it’s the first of the Foundation's four part report on the groups from the Silent Generation to Millennials.

Bob Nelson is a graduate of the University of Utah with a BA in mass communications. He began his radio career at KUER in 1978 when it was still in Kingsbury Hall. That’s also where he met his wife, Maria Shilaos, in 1981. Bob left KUER for commercial radio where he worked for 25 years, and he is thrilled to be back at KUER. Bob and his family are part of an explorer group, fondly known as The Hordes and Masses, which has been seeking out ghost towns and little-known places in Utah for more than twenty years.
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