Defining Our Six Generations

Your guide to America’s six living generations

Thanks to increased life spans, at least six distinct generations live side by side in the United States today. Over time, they have earned names based on how they behave and the historical events that influenced them.

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  • Americans across four generations name the five most significant historic events in their lifetimes

    America's Defining Moments

    Americans across four generations name the five most significant historic events in their lifetimes

  • Facts about key elements of American government

    Government By the Numbers

    Facts about key elements of American government

  • Test your knowledge on the differences among America's generations

    How Well Do You Know Each Generation?

    Test your knowledge on the differences among America's generations