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Young Adults: Then and Now
In 1980, 30 percent of the population was age 18 to 34, compared with 23 percent today.
22 percent of young adults today have a college degree, up from 16 percent in 1980.
States with the largest share of young college graduates are in the Northeast, including Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey.
A greater share of Millennial women have a bachelor’s degree than their male counterparts – a reversal from the Silent generation.
All states have higher proportions of foreign-born young adults than 30 years ago.
One in four young adults, or 17.9 million, speaks a language other than English at home.
Today's young are paying taxes to support a level of benefits for today's old that they have no realistic chance of receiving when they become old. And they know it – just 6% of Millennials say they expect to receive full benefits from Social Security when they retire.
One in five young adults lives in poverty (13.5 million people), up from one in seven (8.4 million people) in 1980.
Adolescent use of alcohol, tobacco and most illegal drugs is far lower than it was 30 years ago. In 1980, about a third of 12th graders had smoked in the past month; today that number has dropped to fewer than 1 in 5.
References: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/03/19/how-millennials-compare-with-their-grandparents/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/12/04/better-educated-but-poorer-u-s-census-data-on-young-adults-today/ http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/03/19/how-millennials-compare-with-their-grandparents/ http://www.pewresearch.org/next-america/#Saving-the-Safety-Net http://www.pewresearch.org/next-america/#The-Generational-Divide