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Millennials have now surpassed the baby boomers as the nation’s largest generation.

The size of the millennial generation will influence the United States’ — and Wisconsin’s — labor force, housing market and consumer preferences for years to come.

Although there is disagreement on precisely where the millennial generation begins and ends, it largely consists of individuals between the ages of 20 and 34. In total, this age group accounts for 67 million residents in the United States, or 20.8 percent of the nation’s population.

According to Census Bureau estimates, what share of Wisconsin’s population was between the ages of 20 and 34 in 2016?

A. 18.6 percent

B. 19.6 percent

C. 20.6 percent

D. 21.6 percent

Answer: B. In 2016, 19.6 percent of Wisconsin’s population was between the ages of 20 and 34. Wisconsin’s share of residents in this age group is the 10th-smallest in the United States, and trails the shares found in the neighboring states of Michigan (19.7 percent), Iowa (19.9 percent), Minnesota (20.2 percent) and Illinois (20.8 percent).

— Matt Kures, UW-Extension; matthew.kures@ces.uwex.edu

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