The Millennials

Generations, like people, have personalities. Their collective identities typically begin to reveal themselves when their oldest members move into their teens and twenties and begin to act upon their values, attitudes and worldviews.

America's newest generation, the Millennials, is in the middle of this coming-of-age phase of its life cycle. Its oldest members are approaching age 30; its youngest are approaching adolescence.

Who are they? How are they different from – and similar to – their parents? How is their moment in history shaping them? And how might they, in turn, reshape America in the decades ahead?

The Pew Research Center will try to answer these questions through a yearlong series of original reports that explore the behaviors, values and opinions of today's teens and twenty-somethings.

For more information about the Millennials, visit the Pew Research Center Web site.

Report

  • The Rising Cost of Not Going to College

    Feb 11, 2014 - For those who question the value of college in this era of soaring student debt and high unemployment, the attitudes and experiences of today’s young adults—members of the so-called Millennial generation—provide a compelling answer.

  • Changing Attitudes on Gay Marriage

    May 10, 2012 - President Obama announced his support for gay marriage this week after a long consideration saying his views were "evolving." The public's view of gay marriage has changed over the past several decades, with growing support. In 1996, Americans opposed gay marriage by 65% to 27%, but the public is more evenly divided today.

  • The Boomerang Generation

    Mar 15, 2012 - Most young adults who are still living with their parents or who moved back home temporarily in recent years because of economic hard times do not see a stigma in staying with their families. More than three-quarters of them say they are satisfied with their living arrangements and upbeat about their financial futures. One reason for this upbeat view may be that living with parents has become such a widespread phenomenon.

  • Millennials Will Benefit and Suffer Due to Hyperconnected Lives

    Feb 29, 2012 - While experts see many young people becoming nimble analysts and decision-makers because of their embrace of the networked world, they also warn that some teens and young adults will lack a deep engagement with people and knowledge by being hyperconnected.

  • Young, Underemployed and Optimistic

    Feb 09, 2012 - A plurality of Americans believes young adults are having the toughest time of any age group in today's economy, and even more of the public says young people are finding it harder to pay for college, find a job, buy a home or save for the future than it was for their parents' generation. In spite of the hardships young adults face, their long-term economic optimism remains unscarred.

  • The Military-Civilian Gap: Fewer Family Connections

    Nov 23, 2011 - There is a large generation gap between older and younger Americans when it comes to having family members who served in the military. More than three-quarters of adults over 50 said they had an immediate family member who had served in the military. Less than six-in-ten adults ages 30 to 49 have an immediate family member who served and the percentage falls to one-third for adults under 29.

  • For Millennials, Parenthood Trumps Marriage

    Mar 09, 2011 - Today's 18- to 29-year-olds value parenthood far more than marriage, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of attitudinal surveys.

  • Millennials Will Make Online Sharing in Networks a Lifelong Habit

    Jul 09, 2010 -  Tech experts generally believe that today’s tech-savvy young people will retain their willingness to share personal information online even as they get older and take on more responsibilities.

  • The Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change.

    Feb 24, 2010 - Generations, like people, have personalities. A new Pew Research Center study finds that Millennials – the American teens and twenty-somethings now making the passage into adulthood – are forging theirs: confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and receptive to new ideas and ways of living.

  • Democrats' Edge Among Millennials Slips

    Feb 18, 2010 - The "Millennial Generation" of young voters played a big role in the resurgence of the Democratic Party in the 2006 and 2008 elections, but their attachment to the Democratic Party weakened markedly over the course of 2009.

  • Religion Among the Millennials

    Feb 17, 2010 - By some key measures, Americans ages 18 to 29 are considerably less religious than older Americans. Yet in other ways, Millennials remain fairly traditional in their religious beliefs and practices, according to a new report released by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life.

  • Millennials' Lukewarm Support For Health Care Bills

    Feb 05, 2010 - A third of Millennials lack health care insurance, and their support for health care reform exceeds that of older generations, but they have tuned out of the debate in Washington.

  • Social Media and Young Adults

    Feb 03, 2010 - The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project finds that while the overall Internet population expanded continuously over the past decade, Millennials continue to be the most likely age group to go online (93% now use the Internet). However, their use of blogs, Twitter and social networking sites has changed in recent years.

  • Almost All Millennials Accept Interracial Dating and Marriage

    Feb 01, 2010 - Compared with older groups, particularly Americans ages 50 or older, younger Americans are significantly more likely to be accepting of interracial marriage and are more likely to have friends of a different race.

  • The Post-Communist Generation in the Former Eastern Bloc

    Jan 20, 2010 - Young adults in the former Eastern bloc offer much more positive evaluations of political and economic changes in their countries than do those who were adults when the Iron Curtain fell.

  • Millennials: They’re Younger – But Their Preferences Aren't That Different

    Jan 07, 2010 - Homosexuality and tattoos register large generational gaps, but about TV Reality shows, Millennials and even the oldest Americans agree, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center.

  • Teens and Sexting

    Dec 15, 2009 - As texting has become a centerpiece in teen social life, parents, educators and advocates have grown increasingly concerned about the role of cell phones in the sexual lives of teens and young adults.

  • Between Two Worlds: How Young Latinos Come of Age in America

    Dec 11, 2009 - Never before in this country's history has a minority ethnic group made up so large a share of the youngest Americans. The first in a series of reports on Millennials focuses on this group which will help shape 21st-century America.

  • The Millennials

    Dec 11, 2009 - Who are they? How are they different from—and similar to—their parents? How is their moment in history shaping them? And how might they reshape America in the decades ahead?

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