Date/Age Range of Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y

Here is the date range comparison between these 3 generations.  Note that the start and end date are debatable.  As I said in a previous post, generations don’t end with black and white borders.  They fade into one another, so you will see an overlap of age.  Without further adieu, here are the ranges:

Generation Timeline

Baby Boomers: 1946~1953 to 1964

This would make baby boomers, in the year 2010, somewhere in the ballpark of 46-64 years old.

Gen X: 1965 to 1976~1982

This would make generation X, in the year 2010, somewhere in the ballpark of 28-45 years old.

Gen Y: 1977~1982 to 1995~2001

This would make generation Y, in the year 2010, somewhere in the ballpark of 9-33 years old.

For the most part, Generation Y are the children of the Baby Boomers, and in some cases, grandchildren.  This is due to them being around their prime reproductive years during the 1980s (the last baby boomers turned 18 in 1982).  Thus, the echo boomers being a surge in population as an echo of the baby boomer post-war boom.


  1. David says:

    I was born in 1979, so I am a true millenial – here’s why:

    I am:

    1. open – minded to ALL kinds of diversity.
    2. impatient.
    3. tech – savvy.
    4. want a fun job rather than one that just pays money/won’t stay at one company all my life.

    1. Mike says:

      I was born in 1977 and I feel that I fit into Gen Y. The things that Gen X identify with like The Breakfast Club or any of the “brat pack” movies always seemed to me like things that the older kids were into. This is probably because I was the oldest of 4 siblings ranging in birth year 1977 to 1988 that I was more immersed in that culture. If I were born in 1977 as the youngest sibling I would probably have been exposed to more Gen X culture by older brothers or sisters. The only thing from Gen X that I recognize is the challenger explosion; which happened when I was in 3rd grade (I think). I do remember MTV actually playing music video (and some of the early music videos) but that was because my parents (as late boomers) used to watch MTV. When I was of the MTV watching age it was all about Bevis and Buthead, Daria, and the Real World.

    2. Mike says:

      I also feel that I am a Gen Y Millenial for the same reasons as David.

      Also my next brother out of the 4 of us was born in 1979 and we practically grew up as if we were twins.

    3. Tiki Tina says:

      Dont forget 7. Arrogant

    4. jmonkey says:

      hell ya I agree

  2. skull says:

    5. a tool

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    2. Teddy says:

      6. gay

    3. HD says:

      Skull, Teddy, Cally…..you guys hit the nail on the head!! Excellent!!
      Auds…..go home, hug a tree, meditate, call your therapist and heal your inner child

  3. cally says:

    Saying you’re a true “millenial” by listing traits is the same as someone saying they’re a true capricorn, scorpio, etc., and listing traits associated with it. You’re pretty much saying that anyone that doesn’t have those exact traits (which could apply to anyone of any generation not just one particular pretentious douche) in that time frame of birth years, isn’t really “from” that era.

    1. Kimberly King says:

      I agree with Cally. We have six children, all of who are considered millennials and yet none of them have the same characteristics. And if you go by what the “average” millennial is supposed to be, you are not even close. But every generation has different ideas about what the generation before and after them is like so I guess it’s just on how things are perceived.

  4. CryHavoc says:

    At least this site has the age ranges correct. I was born in 1962 and I am a late Baby Boomer (Not part of Generation X). I remember most of the Vietnam War, I watched Nixon resign on TV and I have first hand experience with things analog. (I also can turn on a TV without having a remote.)

  5. auds says:

    You guys were assholes to David. Shame on you, ya pricks.

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  8. Greta says:

    I live in the cb generation. That means chipboard. No solid timber for me

  9. Elise Krentzel says:

    I am a baby boomer bordering on the edge of indigo so I’m an indigo elder. My son was born 2001 that makes him a crystal.

  10. mark says:

    what are you all talking about im a true gen y (1988) we dont respect nobody like anything unless it self destructive and we will be changing your diapers and feeding you apple sauce haha herherher heheehe

    1. Luke says:

      Mark, it doesn’t surprise me one bit. You sound like a 24 karat generation Y asshole who needs a good kick in the pants! Only one that will be eating applesauce and wearing diapers is you buddy! Proud X’er here

    2. Snarkyboomer says:

      Oh Sweetie, Your why a lot of us chose not to have kids. And Mark there’s a book you should check out, it’s called the dictionary. It might help you since it’s obvious our schools haven’t. But be careful its a book and its heavier than your iPhone, if you don’t understand any of this find a adult.

      1. Gammie says:

        Snarkey don’t you mean “you’re the reason”? It’s in the dictionary.

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  12. David H says:

    i was born in 1998. so i am a gen y. always wondered what generation i was.

  13. Mike says:

    You might be changing our diapers Mark but never forget who changed who’s diaper first. Respect or not YOU OWE US!!!! LOL

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  15. larry says:

    if i was born 2 hours earlier i would been a baby boomer gen.

  16. IBigDady Eskenazi says:

    3.28.69 GEN X it just sounds cooler then any of the others.

  17. altavista says:

    Millenials: Day care specials raised with little nurturing or direction by single moms who wanted to be their kids’ “best friend.” The thought of the US potential for complete collapse under the weight of these sociopathic, chemical-abusing jerks is so depressing.

  18. sarah says:

    I have three children born in 1967-1970-1982/ r they all generation x

  19. Brenda says:

    Yes I agree I was born in 79 so I’m in that overlap period between x and y and I have friends from both generation X and generation Y and even though i share things with both I have to say I feel I relate more to generation X

  20. Lee says:

    I was born in 1977 and im the opposite of Mikeon what he says so I feel more like Gen x and if u look at other rates of the generatons most of then have a split between X and y after 1977 its either 78 that Y starts or 1980
    so in at the end of generation X

  21. Liz Dixon says:

    It doesnt matter what genergation you are. Live your life the best you can. I wish only happiness for all generations
    Love Baby Boomer

  22. Tess says:

    You really saved my skin with this inrmofation. Thanks!

  23. Brett Louis Brown says:

    I was born 1950 and have been through many years.i am traveling.And hope to keep going along with the rest of You LOL!!!

  24. beb says:

    I was born in the generation that knew God and respected Him first, others second…we are in the ‘lost generation” who no longer feel the need for God or respect Him…… this generation does ‘what is right in their own eyes..” look out, we’re ready for a fall!.

  25. marine30 says:

    I’m a solid generation ” Y “. Does anyone even remember using an encyclopedia to do research for an English essay? or using a Pay Phone to call for a ride home from the movie theatre? I sure do.

  26. fiend says:

    I was born in 1980. I do not identify with generation y/the millennials. At the very young age of 13 i remember listening to my very first CD, Pearl Jams Ten, in my brand new Sony CD player from a store called Service Merchendise. A younger millennial will not remember this company. Neither will they remember Montgomery Ward, Crowleys, Woolworths, F&M, Hudsons ect ect. At a young age i felt part of the current generation that surrounded me, which was generation X. Maybe not the core but definately i am an expression of this generation as it did shape my tastes and interests. I find it a load of horse sh!t when the members of this generation ironically have a say in anything when they didnt want anything to do with naming or defining their own generation back in the 90s how they jump right in and dictate whos in and whos out today. This isnt a fashion show sweetie so shut the f8ck up. Generation x by an umbiased source is defined as those people born between 1961 and 1981. 1982 starts the millennials because they came of age in 2000. Generations consist of 20 years because 20 years makes up a lifetime. 11 years does not make up a lifetime. A person barely reaches puperty in 11 years. Generation x does not end in 1975, 76, 77, 78, 79, or 80. If it does, what are the reasons for that? My peers in high school were part of generation x and i witnessed the first millennial high school graduation ceremony in the year 2000, and this to me, solidifies that i am at least, not a millennial.

  27. elle says:

    Gen X is 1961 – 1981

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  29. Rudeboy says:

    Mark you’re what my friend and I call a Droid. When you look into the eyes of many young people in their 20’s, there’s nothing there!

    The 80’s was a time when women, espcially older, who couldn’t get pregnant, forced the issue with invitro and other methods just cause it was fashionable to have kids along with the irish setter and suv!

    Unfortunately like many things fashionable, this too passed and dogs died and the suv’s got traded in for bigger one’s but the kid is still around.

    Not alot of time and effort was put into proper parenting and teaching children manners and good social skills of that decade and well, now most of you can’t even put your phone down or make it on your own without mommy and daddy having you move back in!

  30. Danial says:

    I’m 24 but I’m look like 15 will that weird or interesting

    1. Tom says:

      I’m 59 and still act like I’m 15

  31. Jerry Maul says:

    Your definition of baby boomer is totally bogus. After WWII all the soldiers and supporting people went home and made babies. The real baby boomers starting birthdate is from March of 1946 and lasted until all the horney GIs procreated about 3 to 4 years later as many had to remain on duty overseas.

    Try March 1946 Through December 1950.

    I was born during WWII and am just a plain war baby.

  32. The Wise Man says:

    People need to stop starting Gen Y in the 70s, and stop starting Gen Z in the 90s.
    I think it’s best if all generation spans are equal, so it’s perfect logical smooth sailing, instead of some retarded arbitrary roller coaster.

    1910-1927 = Greatest Generation

    1928-1945 = Silent Generation

    1946-1963 = Baby Boomers

    1964-1981 = Generation X

    1982-1999 = Generation Y

    2000-2017 = Generation Z

    And there you have it, an 18 year span for each generation. Perfect!

    1. Mimi4Charlie&Dex says:

      Lovely sage advice from The Wise Man. I too subscribe to the description of “overlap of the generations” from the website and suggestion of 18 year “generation titles.” I will return to avoiding online comments after this, due to the rudeness and inappropriate remarks some folks make. I return to cyberspace oblivion and leave my comments to roam the void of those unnoticed by most.

  33. Koren says:

    Why do people start Gen Y at 1977, just to minimize the term for Gen X and beef up the term for Gen Y?
    Late 70s babies are Xers, that should not be debated.
    The last year of Gen X is 1981, since they were the last to be in double digits in 1991 when Nirvana’s “Nevermind” came out and the USSR collapsed, plus they were adults before 2000.

    Gen Y should start at 1982, even Strauss and Howe, whom coined the term, started it at 1982.

    I believe generations should be given an even split, of 18 years, so

    1910-1927 = Greatest Generation
    1928-1945 = Silent Generation
    1946-1963 = Baby Boomers
    1964-1981 = Generation X
    1982-1999 = Generation Y
    2000-2017 = Generation Z

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