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Millennials Facts

14 August 2012

This photo gallery is part of the eJournal USA issue "Youth Votes! The 2012 U.S. Elections."

"Millennials," the generation of young Americans born between the early 1980s and the mid-1990s, are different in many respects from the generations of their parents and grandparents.


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Americans born between the early 1980s and the mid-1990s are referred to by many names, but the “Millennial Generation” and “Millennials” are the names that seem to stick. Whatever they are called, members of this generation are different from their parents and grandparents. They …

Source: 2010 “Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change” report by Pew Research Center

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... face tougher economic challenges, but are still upbeat about the future.

A job seeker collects job applications during a job fair at the University of Illinois in Springfield, Illinois.

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... are more educated and less likely to start a family early.

Golfer Michelle Wie graduates from Stanford University in June 2012.

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... hold more progressive views on social issues, the role of government and U.S. international engagement.

Students march in lower Manhattan as part of an Occupy Wall Street protest.

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... are more racially and ethnically diverse and overwhelmingly think diversity is good for the country.

Engineering and computer science students of Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

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... are more comfortable with immigration and interracial marriage.

Student demonstrators in Warwick, Rhode Island, express support for lower rates of tuition for illegal immigrants who attend public colleges.