We were young adults somewhere between the Vietnam war and the Reagan presidency.
For the most part, we were the American children of proud American parents who stood proud by their country during the depression and a couple of wars.
The census department says things have hanged a bit.
Young adults today are more likely to be foreign born and speak a language other than English at home, compared with young adults in 1980.
Remember when you were a young adult?
Things have changed a bit today says the census department.
There are 73 million 18 to 34 years old young adults at the moment. We commonly refer to them as ‘millennials’.
As far as a generation goes, they are large in numbers. Not quite as large as we were of course.
In 1980, 30 percent of the population was age 18 to 34, compared with 23 percent today.
So, here is what the Census Department is saying about these young adults in comparison to when boomers were young adults.
The percentage of young adults today who are foreign born has more than doubled since 1980 (15 percent versus 6 percent).
All states have higher proportions of foreign-born young adults than 30 years ago.
The increase was larger in the West and Northeast, where 21 percent and 18 percent, respectively, are now foreign born, compared with 12 percent and 8 percent 30 years ago.
Only 9 percent of young adults in the Midwest and 14 percent in the South are foreign born, up from 3 and 4 percent, respectively, in 1980.
One in four young adults, or 17.9 million, speaks a language other than English at home. That proportion is higher still in New York, New Jersey, Texas, New Mexico and Nevada (where it is about one in three) but is highest in California (where it is about one in two).
More millennials are living in poverty today, and they have lower rates of employment, compared with their counterparts in 1980: One in five young adults lives in poverty (13.5 million people), up from one in seven (8.4 million people) in 1980.
Today, 65 percent of young adults are employed, down from 69 percent in 1980.
Prior generations of young adults were more likely to have ever served in the armed services: 9 percent were veterans in 1980, compared with 2 percent today.
Millennials are more educated than young adults in 1980: 22 percent 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.
Unlike in prior generations, the majority of millennials have never been married, reflecting continued delays in getting married: only about three in 10 young adults have ever been married, down from six in 10 in 1980.
Some things have not changed:
Young adults continue to rely on a car to get to work: about eight in 10 drive to work, which is largely unchanged compared with 1980. Alabama has the highest share (95 percent); New York has the lowest (53 percent).
A recent study by the folks at AARP says that 41% of Adults Ages 40-59 are working at their dream job.
Are you working at your dream job?
Before you can answer this question, you may want to consider what your dream job actually is.
Your dream job would probably be chosen by what you value in a job, your life, and what ever else is important to you.
Many people would say that they consider their dream job to be a well-paid Hollywood star.
Why? Because these people are pretty, popular, and rich, at least we perceive them to be. The reality is that these people are probably not as pretty in real life, have a whole set of new problems, and they probably can’t go out in public alone like we can. After a while, these realities can wear on someone.
I always tell my children that you should do the least amount of work for the most pay.
This is my way of telling them to stay in school. When they finally find that career, hopefully it will be their dream job.
The folks at Forbes actually have a formula for figuring out the dream job.
Forbes takes into account factors such as compensation, satisfaction, culture, health, and location.
All of these factors are subjective of course. Some people may say that living in Alaska counting fish is their dream job. Those of us in the Midwest may say “give me the sunbelt” and six figures.
Is it possible to find the ‘dream job’?
A dream job could offer everything that is important and that we want in the perfect job.
It’s also a fact of life that we change and what was important to us one day, may not be as important the next day.
A dream job should be something that we are excited and looking forward to doing everyday. For some people, a dream job may even be no job at all. As long as the bills get paid and we are happy….
In case you did not know, this week is Unmarried and Single Americans Week.
Just how significant is a week dedicated to Unmarried and Single Americans?
More significant than you may realize.
According to a new poll out from the folks at Pew, one-in-five adults ages 25 and older have never married, up from 9% in 1960. Pew says that there has been a shift in how we as a society feel about societal issues.
One reason for the shift may be that adults are marrying later in life.
Also, more adults are cohabiting and raising children outside of marriage. The changes are significant according to Pew.
For starters, the median age at first marriage is now 27 for women and 29 for men. This is up from 20 for women and 23 for men in 1960. Also, about a quarter (24%) of never-married young adults ages 25 to 34 are living with a partner, according to Pew Research analysis of Current Population Survey data.
Unmarried and Single Americans Week.
The census department says that there are 105 million unmarried people in America 18 and older in 2013. This group made up 44 percent of all U.S. residents 18 and older.
(Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2013 )
The census department also says that 62% of unmarried U.S. residents 18 and older in 2013 had never been married. Another 24 percent were divorced, and 14 percent were widowed.