I’ve been asked several times to outline the birth years of the different generations. I’ll borrow an explanation from the Center for Generational Kinetics because they do a great job of discussing this topic.
At The Center for Generational Kinetics, we believe generations are not boxes but powerful, predictive clues on where to start to faster connect with and influence people of different ages and life stages. This is true for uncovering hidden insights into sales, marketing, employment, voting, spending, marriage, and much more. Based on our numerous research studies, we use the birth years listed below as the general beginning and ending years for each of the five generations:
- Gen Z, born 1996 to present
- Millennials, born 1977 to 1995
- Gen X, born 1965 to 1976
- Baby Boomers, born 1946 to 1964
- Traditionalists, born 1945 and earlier
It’s really important to note that you can be born within three years on either side of the beginning or ending of a generation and have all the characteristics of the generation before or after. This has to do with a number of factors including the age of your parents, if you grew up in an urban or rural environment, affluence, education and more. Being raised in a military household can also change your generational identity.
I hope that helps (aunt Christy).