Baby Booms

Baby booms are periods of time that the birth rate is much higher than the norm. Post wartime is a common time for a baby boom. This is attributed to the homecoming of soldiers and an increased economy.

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What is baby boom importance?

The importance of the baby boom is significant because every hour 1 person is turning 65 and in around 2015 or 2020 there will be 70 million baby boomers as compared to about 40 million today (2011)

As all of these people get older, they are all trying to retire. All of them will be looking toward Social Security to begin receiving the benefits they've been working toward. Also, as they retire the job market will be emptying making room for the next generation.

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When was the baby boom?

From about 1946 to 1963, when the contraceptive pill reduced the birthrate sharply.

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Once the war was over millions of men returned to the U.S. (and also Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada) who had been overseas for as much as 4 years.

Over the next 5 years these millions of men married millions of women and created millions of babies. The number of babies was much greater than in years prior to the war. It is said that without the economic prosperity and GI Bill of the postwar years the boom would not have been as large as it was. The prosperity, and GI Bill in addition to the confidence these young men had (after defeating the enemy) created a fertile ground for the creation of many families.

The baby boom was also very marked in other Allied countries, too - for example, in Britain.

The baby boom was the result of the end of World War II. Returning soldiers and sailors got married, and started to produce families. This produced a "bulge" in the population curve of most countries which was named "The Baby Boom". The children of post World War II families created challenges to certain government agencies, such as education, health, and social services.

These children are defined as those born between the years of 1946 to 1952. Some sociologists place the latter date as 1956, a ten year spread. As a Boomer, I remember attending school with class sizes of 36 to 40 children as a normal class size. While we put a strain on the school system, the children of the boom were the most literate and well trained generation as evidenced by the SAT scores of 1967...the highest scores ever made by a "class".

Technically, a baby boom is a statistical variation "bulge" in the prediction of population growth. The "Baby Boomers" were the first statistical proof of this bulge.

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The 'propserity factor' is also very important. The birthrate remained high till the contraceptive pill became widely available in the early 1960s.

In some countries, the baby boom started a little later. For example, in Germany it began around 1950.

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How did the baby boom happen?

During the Great Depression, the birthrate went down drastically b/c people could not afford to have babies. When WW2 began, it ended the depression and an economic boom began. As an effect, the birthrate shot up because people were prospering and could once again afford to have and take care of babies.

The baby boom did not actually begin before the end of WW II. In the western world,

the birth rate was in decline during the Great Depression and it remained quite low until the single men/women of the armed forces returned to civilian life and took spouses. The " Baby Boom " is generally regarded as the period from late 1946 to the early 60's -- a time of economic recovery that moved into unparalleled prosperity by the mid- '50s. That period coincided with the prime fertility years of those returning war veterans.

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How did the Baby Boom impact Canada?

First, lets understand what the "Baby Boom" really was, shall we? With so many Canadians men out of the country in the armed forces, the birth rate fell in Canada. When the war ended, in 1945, men started to be allowed to come back to Canada, and after being away for as much as 5 or 6 years, they got married, or returned to their wives. The result was a huge increase in births. In the 10 years from 1946 to 1956, the population increased by 20 percent, in Canada. Those new kids demanded new furniture, new clothes and more food be produced, along with new houses, and new cars and lots of other services like schools and playgrounds, and swimming pools and hockey rinks. Lost of new teachers, and medical nurses, and Doctors were also needed, to look after all those kids. The baby boom was just what Canada needed to get the economy switched over from making Bren Machine Guns to making baby carriages, and bunk beds, and new cars, especially station wagons, for all those twins and triplets that arrived every year. Men who had learned technical trades in the military were starting their own businesses, as pumbers, carpenters and electricians, and mechanics and welders. Building the new suburbs required lots of skilled workers, and lots of lumber, concrete, and shingles, and pipe and wire, and new fridges and stoves, and furnaces, all made by Canadians in our own factories. Boom times were upon us, full force. Boomers changed the face of Canada, and the economy as well.

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How do you use the word baby boom in a sentence?

There was a baby boom in the U.S.

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What is the Baby Boom?

Answer When the KOREAN War AND WOLD WAR TWO was over, millions of men returned to the U.S. who had been overseas for as much as 4 years. Over the next 20 years these millions of men married millions of women and created millions of babies.

The number of babies was much greater than in years prior to these wars. It is said that without the economic prosperity and GI Bill of the postwar years the baby boom and economic boom would not have been as large as it was. The prosperity, and GI Bill in addition to the confidence these young men had (after defeating the enemy) created a fertile ground for the creation of many families.

The baby boom was also very marked in other Allied countries, too - for example, in Britain.

The baby boom was the result of the end of World War II. Returning soldiers and sailors got married, and started to produce families. This produced a "bulge" in the population curve of most countries which was named "The Baby Boom". The children of post World War II families created challenges to certain government agencies, such as education, health, and social services.

These children are defined as those born between the years of 1946 to 1964. Some sociologists place the latter date as 1956, a ten year spread, as the boom after World War 2 and the rest of the boom after the Korean War.

As a Boomer, I remember attending school with class sizes of 36 to 40 children as a normal class size. While we put a strain on the school system, the children of the boom were the most literate and well trained generation as evidenced by the SAT scores of 1967...the highest scores ever made by a "class".

Technically, a baby boom is a statistical variation "bulge" in the prediction of population growth. The "Baby Boomers" were the first statistical proof of this bulge. It also affected the census counts, government representation in the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The term "Baby Boom" does not only represents a number in population figures but also the cultural effects caused by the baby boomers themselves. They were responsible for "free living", "Sex, drugs and Rock and Roll", "Hippies" and the changing of social and spiritual mores of all three major places such as the USA, European Nations, and Canada. (Edited 10-11-10 by contributor editor)

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What will be the long-term effects of the Baby Boom?

There are millions of Baby Boomers coming up hot and heavy. There are pros and cons ...

PROS:

Baby Boomers want things right and aren't too old to fight for it which could be excellent in the areas of health care, politics, and taking a good solid stand on important issues of the country they are in.

Baby Boomers are either going to retire and travel, stay around home, have ill health perhaps, or many well go back to work part-time or full-time. Although I'm not classed as a Baby Boomer I found that I'd rather work part-time than stay home constantly and it helps financially.

Baby Boomers may even have more free time to volunteer in places that need help, or, they may even go back to College or night school. Some may even go into their own business'. They have much to offer.

CONS:

Baby Boomers are going to be a drain on our Health Care including the U.S. and Canada. Our Health Care system (in Canada at least) is already having problems and former governments knew full-well that they should have been saving money in their coffers for the burst bubble of the Baby Boomers. Of course former governments didn't do this (at least in Canada) and now they're scrambling for money to provide for the sick. Hospitals are over-crowded, there are not enough hospitals and it doesn't look like the government is going to be building any new hospitals in the near future.

When Baby Boomers retire many companies have not given it a thought that they will have to retrain future employees and have really messed up the process. It would have been smart to train young people along with the up and coming Baby Boomers so the company could carry on without too much of a problem. Some Baby Boomers may be called back to work for the company they use to work for as they need pros to help out.

Many Baby Boomers are taking early retirement because they want to be well enough to travel, perhaps start their own small business or just enjoy life sooner than later. Once one gets old the illness' start to pile up.

Higher insurance costs because they are living longer.

Higher unemployment among generations x and y, due to "retired" Baby Boomers taking up jobs in a limited job market.

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What caused the 1943-1964 baby boom?

Prior to the Baby Boom, there was a period of approximately 20 years in which having children would have been difficult due to the Great Depression and World War II. The Baby Boom reflected the sudden removal of economic and social pressures that kept people from starting families.[3] While austerity and restraint were the norms during the stress of the war years, after the war, couples reunited and returned to traditional roles. Returning (mostly male) soldiers re-entered the workforce; many women left wartime work to concentrate on child-bearing and child-rearing. Marriage became again a cultural and career norm for most women - and one result was babies. The boom continued in the economic glow of the fifties, but dampened its rate as the recession of 1958 sloughed into the following recovery. One theory about the end of the baby boom is that it petered out as the biological capacity of boomer parents took its course. The key biological factor is female fertility. Women are fertile only into their mid-forties. Simple mathematics governs that a woman married in her mid-to-late twenties after the war ended in 1945 would remain fertile for another 20 years or so. The advent of the birth control pill in 1960 in the U.S. also contributed to the slowing birth rate, as earlier contraceptive methods were less popular or reliable.

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How long did the baby-boom last?

16 years

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What factors led to the baby boom?

The return of soldiers from WW2

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What was not of the baby boom that followed World War 2?

men began to have increased health problems~apex

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How many people were born during the Baby Boom?

According to historical U.S. CENSUS data: 1) The U.S. population grew by 19,028,086 people between 1940 and 1950 and another 27,766,875 for a total increase of 46,794,961. This of course is total population increase and not births. However, upon further review the Baby Boom actually seems to be a change in the population growth trend rather than an isolated growth spurt/population increase: 1) The U.S. population grew an average of 1.2 million people per year between 1900 (75,994,575 people) and 1930 (122,775,046 people). 2) After the war ended, the U.S. population grew an average of 2.5 million people per year from 1940 (131,669,275 people) to 2000 (282,193,480) The Baby Boom was in fact a doubling of the average U.S. yearly population increase.

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When did the baby boom happen?

Every baby on the earth will simultaneously explode in the year 2046

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Baby Boom in World War 2?

The baby boom began after the men returned from the war. The span of the baby boom was 1945 to 1964. The Korean war fed into the baby boom too. (I am one of those!).

Teachers were fired as enrollment dropped

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When did the Baby Boom start?

The baby boomers started the year the war ended and the soldiers came home.

andyyroxx's answer: After World War II, the benefits of the revolutions (agricultural (meaning the animal breeding, increased food production), industrial (when goods were manufactured in factories), and science (medicines were created, advances in technology)) had spread. The developed countries fought diseases and lowered infant mortality rate in developing countries, therefore sharply decreasing the death rates. But, birth rates still remained high, and hadn't dropped until about 20 years later, until families realized what was happening.

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What will be the long term effects of the Baby Boom?

For some time I have been increasingly concerned about how the aging boomer generation will affect our economy as they retire. It seems logical that they ("e" since I am in there too) will put unprecedented demands upon the health care system as they age. Future health care will be further stressed by younger generations which will be experiencing increased health issues brought on by rising obesity rates among younger people. The baby boom doubled typical birthrates which helped America prosper and provide a perfect base for the growth of health insurance industry since there were many young and healthy people to participate with a smaller group requiring to access the health care. The situation is gradually shifting and we are already experiencing tremendous upward spiraling of costs. The current system will continue to experience rapid price increases until an eventual government takeover of the health care and insurance industries becomes inevitable. There is no political will in Washington to do otherwise by taking on the health insurance and health care lobby's.

Housing is another area which has been significantly affected by boomers.

I am of the opinion that much of the dramatic rise in housing prices since WWII was fueled by this generation. As they begin retiring and passing away, I wonder what effect it could have on housing prices in various parts of the country. Many retirees will continue to relocate to southern states or perhaps retirement communities and sell their homes. Heirs will also likely be dealing with selling property of their parents as they age into nursing homes and pass away. This would seem to have the effect of increasing supply which will in turn have a downward pressure on housing prices which may be the largest asset many boomers own. The sub-prime mortgages which so fueled the housing bubble will not be repeated. The appreciation we have come to expect will not likely return in my lifetime.

Typically, retirees will move investment assets into more income producing vehicles and conservative equity positions. I would expect the boomers to do the same with some negative effect on financial markets. The result could be less money flowing into the markets. We have recently witnessed bank failures at the highest rate since the great depression. Future tax increases and likely inflation will mean less money to invest, save or spend. It is not unthinkable that we could see even greater stress on our financial institutions in the coming years which may bring further failures within that industry as well. Insurance companies could also be facing their own crises as annuities and insurance payouts mount. If such failures do occur it could be catastrophic to our nation and the world. With the federal debt at all time highs it may be impossible for the government to be able to provide future bailouts on any similar scale.

Our nation (as well as most western nations) is aging and the demographic aged 65 and above is increasing dramatically. According to the US Census bureau, over the next 30 years, all other age groups will continue to decline as a percentage of the population. The population over 65 will be doubling in the coming years from 1 in 10 to 1 in every 5 people. There will be fewer people paying into a system with increasing numbers being supported. This would seem to indicate increased taxes at every level of government will be necessary. Local governments are already struggling with burdensome health and pension costs which will only increase over time. Increased taxes will mean less disposable income and have a negative impact on private businesses.

WWII saw the US emerge as sole economic power of the world, a position it has generally maintained for 60 years. But increased competition from rising global economic opportunity, which was largely a result of US policies and technological innovation, has now made it more difficult for our nation to continue this dominance. Our high living standards and correspondingly high wages make us less competitive. It seems that we will be required to adjust economically to this new world and make significant changes which will likely result in lower standards of living for at least most of the middle class if not all. Having lost significant employment to other countries, it is unlikely in my opinion that the private sector will be able to generate sufficient employment which could return us to the low unemployment rates we enjoyed in the past.

Government will likely witness tremendous expansion as it becomes the major creator of jobs. It would appear our nation is in decline and there is little which I can envision that can be done to alter this trend. It may be that the coming adjustments could be accompanied by increasing civil unrest and violence, at least until the baby boom generation has passed into history.

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How did the baby boom affect society?

Baby Boomers are beginning to take early retirement. They want to be young enough to enjoy life before they succumb to diseases. Some will travel, perhaps start a business of their own or simply enjoy their family, gardening, fishing, or doing whatever they feel like doing. This means it will put a drain on companies for experienced employees because there are so many Baby Boomers retiring. In Canada they are going to ask some of the early retired Baby Boomers to come back to work (even part-time) to help train younger employees. Good idea, because well over 50% of especially men can't handle total retirement and miss the comeradery of their fellow workers.

Baby Boomers are going to put a large drain on an already miserable existence of health care in the U.S. and Canada. Both governments knew about this problem of Baby Boomers and never did a thing about it. There is absolutely no reason there shouldn't be enough money in the coffers of both governments to give good quality health care to everyone, but, it's not there and I doubt our governments really care. This will lead to more and more "pay as you go" clinics in Canada (following very closely to the way U.S. health care is.)

It will also affect how many more doctors, nurses, etc., will be needed. In Canada they are only pumping out 200 doctors each year when they really need 400. There won't be enough nursing homes to accommodate the aging Baby Boomers and so our Canadian Government has turned around and tried to make the families care for their loved ones at home which is sometimes impossible with both people have to work and most families can't afford private care for their aging parents.

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What happened to the baby in baby boom?

We all became middle aged............

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Where can you find a Baby Boom itsy bitsy spider plush toy?

you can find it at any newbury comic store.thats where i get mines from.

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What caused the baby boom of the 1950S?

Sex! Promiscuity! Boardom! Very few people had televisions, very few could afford anything to entertain themselves. It just might have been the end of the War. Troops coming back home were happy to be back alive and with their loved ones, and searching for new loves. People felt safe and happy. Life was good when compared with what they had just gone through. It takes a lot of life reaffirming after seeing so much death and destruction and many babies were the result. == The Baby Boom was actually the period of WW2 and a few years after. I was born in the early 1950's and was not really considered a baby-boomer.

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What caused the baby boom after World War II?

women had to get two jobs to support their families.. - apex by brenda...

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Who is the baby in the movie Baby Boom?

The baby was played by the twins Kristina and Michelle Kennedy.

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How did the baby boom affect the economy?

The baby boom affected the economy in a positive way. People moved to the suburbs, and the housing market was in a good position.

The Baby Boom created a demand for....

  • day care
  • teachers
  • bigger cars
  • bigger houses
  • nurses/doctors
  • more clothes
  • more electronics
  • more necessities for babies
  • more consumers
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How did baby boom happen in the 1950s?

First you must understand that there was no birth control pill during and after World War 2. The pill came along after the baby boom. From 1945 to 1964 millions of men and women married and had lots of children. The reason the pattern continued so long was because the Korean war occorred so soon after World War 2. The joy of men returning from war and getting married or returning to their wives resulted in a lot of pregnancies. Once the pill came along in the latter part of the Sixties the women of childbearing age started using them and the population boom stopped.

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How did the baby boom affect American society during the 1950s?

The "Baby Boomer" generation (1945-1964) in the United States affected society a great deal socially and economically. A multitude of schools were needed as a housing boom and the move to suburbia got on the way. Cars with a larger capacity also were needed. Interstate Highways were also built to transport goods from one state to another as well as for workers transporting from suburbia to the cities. The baby boom generation has taken us out of the depression into a fast growing economy with programs put in place by President Franklin Roosevelt. New homes were very affordable at about $5,000, new cars from about $500. Included in the G.I. bill, returning veterans from WWII were afforded education grants for college in order to compete for jobs that were available. Prices of food were also very inexpensive and merchants sold their wares on street corners and in vans. Supermarkets came into being in the late 1950's. The most crippling disease among the very young, polio, was conquered by Jonas Salk's vaccine in 1955. World's Fairs started to reflect new technology in the he bright future, though not very accurately. The "Baby Boomer" generation were also involved in the cultural innovations starting in the mid-1960's. In the 1950's, the traditional family values took place as the father worked and the mother would stay home to care for their young. Minorities were also part of the baby boom generation though they were still being discriminated even those who fought in WWII, especially in the deep south. African-Americans were often relegated to shacks in southern towns or the the ghettos of big cities. With factories needing workers, African-Americans left the south to the factories in the north in hopes of a better future.

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