Northern Va., D.C. big hubs for local millennials

WASHINGTON — There are now more millennials than baby boomers in not only America, but also in the D.C. metro area.

New Census Bureau estimates say there are more than 1.6 million millennials in the 23 counties and county equivalents that make up the D.C. area, compared to more than 1.3 million baby boomers.

That means 27.8 percent of the D.C.-area population is between the ages of 15 and 34 and 23.2 percent is between the ages 51 and 69. For every baby boomer across the metro area, there are 1.2 millennials.

Places above that threshold include: D.C., Arlington, Alexandria, Fredericksburg, Loudoun, Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince George’s and Stafford.

Places below that threshold include: Calvert, Charles, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Fauquier, Frederick (Maryland), Montgomery, Prince William, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, and Warren.

More urban areas have expectedly higher percentages of millennials.

Hot spots for millennials are the city of Fredericksburg, D.C. and Arlington County.  Almost 40 percent of Fredericksburg’s population is between the age of 15 and 34, while about 37 percent of the District’s and Arlington’s populations are millennials.

The cities of Alexandria (31.4 percent) and Manassas Park (30.6 percent) are also big hot spots for millennials.

Hot spots for baby boomers are generally in more rural areas like Rappahannock and Clarke counties in Virginia and Frederick County in Maryland. Roughly 35 percent of Rappahannock’s population is baby boomers, while only 19 percent is millennials.

Nationally, there are now estimated to be 83.1 million millennials, which make up about 26 percent of the nation’s population. That compares to 75.4 million baby boomers.

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