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What the Star Trek Era You Grew Up in Says About You

Ben Hanowell
By Ben HanowellSeptember 13, 2016

Star Trek celebrated its 50th anniversary on September 8th. Just two years from now, Baby Boomers—who grew up watching The Original Series—will become the majority of adults aged 65 and older. At A Place for Mom, the nation’s largest senior living referral service, we wondered what the older population will look like in 2060 when Star Trek turns 94. By then, the population of older adults will double, most older adults will be Millennials, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll be three years away from warp technology.

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What does the Star Trek era you grew up in say about your generation? To find out, we used the US Census National Population Projection and the timeline of Star Trek series eras to see how many of their formative years the older adults of the future will spend in each era. Then we mapped those projections onto the aging of the major generations, such as Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials.

Right now, most older adults are from the Silent Generation born between 1928 and 1945. A few of the Greatest Generation, born from 1910 to 1927, remain. By 2019, most older adults will be Boomers, the generation born from 1946 to 1964. Two decades after Boomers take over, Gen Xers (born 1965 to 1980) will become the majority of older adults. Then by 2056, Older Millennials (born 1981 to 1995) will be the majority…shortly after World War III three ends, at least according to the Star Trek Universe timeline.

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