Even though millennials make up a vital part of today’s work force, they don’t automatically consider themselves millennials.

According to a report from People Press, a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center indicates that the millennial generation don’t recognize themselves as much. Only 40 percent of adults in the 18-34 age bracket consider themselves part of that generation, while 33 percent consider themselves more of the Generation X market. The rest, it seems falls in the Baby Boomer Market or the Silent Generation.

Some interesting bullet points from the report include:


  • 79 percent of those ages 51 to 69 consider themselves part of the Baby-Boomer generation. Among those in the 35 to 50 age bracket, only 58 percent of those consider themselves part of Generation X.
  • Only 18 percent of those between the ages of 70-87 (the Silent Generation) consider themselves part of said Generation. They prefer to think of themselves more as Baby Boomers (34 percent) or the Greatest Generation (also 34 percent).
  • In terms of recognizance of such groups, 89 percent of those surveyed stated they have heard of the Baby-Boom Generation. Meanwhile, only 71 percent have heard of Generation X.
  • 56 percent of those polled have heard of the Millennial generation (staggering considering the size of the group), but only 15 percent of all those surveyed (out of over 3,100 adults) have heard of the Silent Generation.
  • Members of the Silent Generation have considered themselves hard-working (83 percent), responsible (78 percent), patriotic (73 percent), self-reliant (65 percent), moral (64 percent), willing to sacrifice (61 percent) and compassionate (60 percent). As you can see from the chart below, those numbers vary greatly by generation.


  • Out of all these figures on the chart, only one factor — idealistic — shows a change in the groups, with millennials (39 percent) showing higher marks than Gen Xers (28 percent), Boomers (31 percent) and Silents (26 percent) in terms of describing themselves as such.
  • While millennials cover a large group in today’s market, only 40 percent of those polled consider themselves as such, while a third of those polled stated they belonged to the Gen X group. Older millennials are a bit different, with 43 percent stating they’re Gen Xers, and 35 percent identified themselves as millennials. Younger (18-26) had unique numbers as well, with 45 percent considering themselves part of this generation.
  • A lot of people born between 1965 and 1980 easily identify themselves as part of Gen X. Only 4 percent of those polled thought they were millennials, while 15 percent consider themselves Boomers. Younger Gen Xers (35 to 42) identified easily with that generation, by 68 percent. Meanwhile, only 48 percent see themselves as part of this current generation, while only 24 percent identify themselves as Boomers.


The full report can be found here.