Who are the Millennials?

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People between the ages of 18 and 29 make up more than one-fifth of all U.S. voters, according to Tufts University’s CIRCLE. Numbering about 46 million, those born after 1980 are the most diverse in race and ethnicity than any previous generation in the United States.

In 2009, some 61 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds in the nation were white, 19 percent were Latino, 14 percent were black, and 5 percent Asian, according to Pew’s Millennials report, which relied on multiple surveys, each of about 1,000 to 2,000 young adults.

The proportion of minorities in this age group is expected to keep growing, even as the share of whites shrinks. As a whole, Millennials are less religious than their parents or grandparents, highly comfortable with technology, and on track to become the most educated of U.S. generations, according to Pew.

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