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The "baby boom" propelled the largest percentage increases of any age group in the 1990-2000 decade, an analysis of Census 2000 data by the Commerce Department's Census Bureau showed today. (The baby boom refers to people born in the post-World War II period from 1946 through 1964.)
People born during the early years of the baby boom (1946 through 1950) fueled the 55-percent increase of the 50- to 54-year-olds, the largest percentage growth between 1990 and 2000 of any five-year age group, the Census Bureau said. The second fastest-growing group was 45- to 49-year-olds, which registered a 45-percent increase.
New Census Bureau studies, Age: 2000, and its companion, The 65 Years and Over Population: 2000 , together provide a portrait of the age structure of the United States, its regions, states, counties and cities. They are part of a series of Census 2000 briefs describing the population of the United States.