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Excerpt: Tectonic shift

One aspect of the demographic change occurring in the nation, and especially in urban areas, is the tectonic generational shift, from Baby Boomers to Millennials. Within Charlotte’s registered voter pool, a plurality of voters are Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1998. (The youngest voters who are 18 years old are now considered “Generation Z”, and are factored into this analysis even though there are very few of them now.)

Over one-third (36 percent) of registered Charlotte voters are Millennials, with another 30 percent being in the Generation X (those born between 1965 and 1980), 26 percent being Baby Boomers (born between 1945 and 1964), and then only 7 percent are the oldest voters, those of the Greatest and Silent generations.

— Dr. Michael Bitzer,

Old North State Politics

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