05 Jan 2016 Top Large Metros for Generation X are Raleigh-NC, San Jose-CA, Atlanta-GA; Bottom are Tucson-AZ, Buffalo-NY, Rochester-NY
Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey illuminates which large metros are host to the greatest percentage of adults aged 35-49, more commonly known as Generation X, Gen X or Gen Xers.
Gen Xers constitute 19.9% of the U.S. population. Among large metros, the highest percentage of gen xers is found in Raleigh (22.9%). San Jose (22.2%), Atlanta (22.1%) and Austin (21.9%) follow. Other large metros with a high share of gen xers are Charlotte and San Francisco.
The large metros with the lowest percentage of gen xers are Tucson (17.1%), Buffalo (18.0%) and Rochester (18.0%). Pittsburgh, Oklahoma City and Grand Rapids also have a low share of gen xers compared to other large metros.
From 2009 to 2014, gen xers’ share of the U.S. population decreased by 1.1 percentage points. The large metro with the greatest 5-year increase in the percentage of gen xers is Salt Lake City (+0.4 pts.). All other large metros decreased.
Rochester (-2.9 pts.), Boston (-2.7 pts.) and Detroit (-2.6 pts.) had the greatest decrease in the percentage of gen xers from 2009 to 2014. Minneapolis, Cleveland and Buffalo also decreased.
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