Rethinking the “Baby Boomer” narrative

If you examine this chart of US birthrates created by Calculated Risk based on data from the US NCHS, you should notice that there was a spike in the rate during the WWII years; it goes up between 1939 and 1943, then drops again briefly before beginning the surge frequently referred to as the “baby boom”.  A lot of press and marketing have been generated hyping the “baby boom”.   This data calls into question the whole “Boomer” narrative…given that the surge in births started 10 years before the approximate start of the “baby boom”.

Data source:

Hamilton BE, Martin JA, Ventura SJ. Births: Preliminary data for 2008. National vital statistics reports web release; vol 58 no 16. Hyattsville, Maryland: National Center for Health Statistics. Released April, 2010.


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