What is a Baby Boomer?

The Baby Boomers of Laguna Woods are a diverse group of people from all walks of life who come together for friendship and fun. Occasionally we are asked, what is a Baby Boomer? According to Wikipedia Baby Boomers are the demographic cohort following the Silent Generation. There are no precise dates for when this cohort starts or ends; demographers and researchers typically use starting birth years ranging from the early-to-mid 1940s and ending birth years ranging from 1960 to 1964.

The term “baby boomer” is also used in a cultural context, so it is difficult to achieve broad consensus of a precise date definition. Different people, organizations, and scholars have varying opinions on who is a baby boomer, both technically and culturally. Ascribing universal attributes to such a generation is difficult, and some believe it is inherently impossible, but many have attempted to determine their cultural similarities and historical impact, and the term has thus gained widespread popular usage. One feature of the boomers was that they have tended to think of themselves as a special generation, very different from those that had come before.

In the 1960s, as the relatively large numbers of young people became teenagers and young adults, they, and those around them, created a very specific rhetoric around their cohort, and the social changes they were bringing about.  The Baby Boomers of Laguna Woods celebrate the 1960’s annually with our Laguna Woodstock Concert.