USA Today provides an interesting analysis of the Millenial generation (those born from 1980 to 2000). Here are some of the most lucid statistics:
- Findings published in the American Sociological Association journal Contexts in 2004 contrasted young people growing up today with those 40 years earlier. Researchers found that by age 30, a much smaller percentage today (46% of women and 31% of men) have finished school, left home, gotten married, had a child or reached financial independence. In 1960, 77% of women and 65% of men had reached those standard markers of adulthood by age 30.
- More students are enrolled in college, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, which shows that the number of undergraduates in 2004 (17.3 million) was almost double that in 1970 (8.6 million). But costs are rising. Average tuition and fees at four-year public universities rose 30% from 2002-03 to 2005-06, says the College Board.
- Students also are taking longer to graduate. A 2005 study by the non-profit Education Trust found that only 37% of first-time freshmen at four-year schools earned their bachelor’s degrees in four years. Another 26% took up to six years.
- Six in 10 teens say their friends include members of diverse racial groups, a study by Teenage Research Unlimited of Northbrook, Ill., finds. A Gallup Poll last year says 60% of 18- to 29-year-olds have dated someone of a different race.
- A study of more than 260,000 college freshmen released this year by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute found that 66.3% of freshmen surveyed last fall said it is �essential or very important� to help others, the highest percentage to say so in 25 years.