Baby Boom in the 1950s

Oops. Sorry, Amy. Didn't know you were babysitting again in 1950-something.

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You can't believe how many kids there are?

   You see them ...

EVERYWHERE?

Of course you do.

You are currently living in the midst of the BABY BOOM.

First of all, the term, "baby boom" simply means a significant increase in birth rate within a certain area.

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And in the United States and Canada, the end of World War II contributed to the explosion of the population, along with  a strong post-war economy. Couples were eager to marry after the end of the war.

From 1946 to 1964, seventy-six million children were born in the United States alone, peaking in 1957.

In Canada, the birth years peaked in 1959. During  1947 to 1966 more than four hundred thousand babies were born each year.

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Moving to the suburbs to raise a large family was affordable, and contributed to this rise in population.


According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first recorded use of "baby boomer" occurred in 1970 in The Washington Post.

Baby Boomers in the 21st century are widely thought of as growing up in a time of affluence, thanks to government assistance in post-war housing and education. 

Yes, you know I'm doing everything I can to get you back to your own generation, Amy. 

For better or worse.