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The New York Minute is published every other month and highlights a NYS trend and data source on varying community development topics. CaRDI publications are designed to provide our readers with research-based information to help foster dialogue at the local, regional and state-level, and to inform public and private decision-making around critical community and economic development issues. The New York Minute is written by Robin Blakely-Armitage and Jan Vink, reflecting a partnership and collaboration between CaRDI and PAD, Cornell’s Program on Applied Demographics.

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Comparing Millennials to Baby Boomers in New York State

Feb 9, 2018

Much has been written about how Millennials differ from previous generations, especially with regards to social media, consumption patterns, social mores, technology and more. The term Millennial generally refers to the demographic cohort born in years ranging from the early 1980s to the late 1990s. Using 2015 data from the U.S. Census Bureau for New York State, we compare Millennials to younger Baby Boomers, a cohort aged 25-34 years old in 1990. We discover significant differences.