When Were Baby Boomers Born ?
As young soldiers returned home to the US, Australia and Canada after the end of Second World War, they were ready to start their families. The kids born during that time were known as baby boomers as there was a sudden and unexpected increase in the number of births. In the US, the baby boomers were born between the years 1946 and 1964, while in Canada, the baby boomer occurred between 1947 and 1966, and in Australia between 1946 and 1961. (See Reference 1)
It is estimated that around 79 million kids were born during the baby boom era. The majority of baby boomers born during this 19-year period grew up with the Vietnam War, the Woodstock festival and JFK as the president of the United States. (See Reference 1) In fact, 2 former US presidents are baby boomers, Bill Clinton and George W Bush. Both were born in the year 1946, the first year when the baby boom began. (See Reference 1)
Until the baby boom era began in the US, the average births in the country were around 2.3 million to 2.8 million every year. In the year 1945, the number increased to 2.8 million and thereafter the baby boom era began. In the year 1946, when the first baby boomers were born, there was sudden surge in the number of births in the country. That year the births recorded were 3.47 million. (See Reference 1) The increase in the number of births continued until the latter part of the 1950s, with approximately 4.3 million baby boomers being born between 1957 and 1961. (See Reference 1) In the last year of the baby boom era, which was 1964, around 4 million births occurred in the country and thereafter the number of births gradually tapered off. The lowest number of births since the year 1945 was recorded in 1975 with 3.14 million births. (See Reference 1)
The birth and maturity of baby boomers had a positive impact on the economy of the country. There was a significant increase in demand for various consumer products, houses in suburban areas, vehicles, different kinds of services and access roads. (See Reference 1)
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