Age range of Gen Z (2021): 9–24
Gen Z’s share of the U.S. population (2020): 20.3%
Birth years of Gen Z: 1997–2012
Youngest members will graduate high school in: 2029
Share of Overall Power
Generation Z holds 3.7% of Overall Power in the Generational Power Index
Generation Z—or just “Gen Z”—the cohort born between 1997 and 2012, is the newest generational entry to the workforce, with its oldest members in their early-to-mid 20s.
In contrast to the Millennials, the vast majority of Gen Z were not alive or old enough to remember the tragic events of 9/11, the start of wars in Afghanistan or Iraq, or the Great Recession—all pivotal and life-shaping events for older generations.
However, this does not mean that Gen Z is ignoring the hard lessons learned by Millennials. According to Goldman Sachs analysts, Gen Z is “more conservative, more money-oriented, more entrepreneurial and pragmatic about money compared with Millennials.”
Of the generations covered in the GPI report, Gen Z is unquestionably the most diverse and digital-savvy, having access to modern technology since birth. Because technology and instant communication has proliferated around the globe, Gen Z is sometimes regarded as the first ever global generation. Previous generational labels, such as Baby Boomers, were more applicable to the United States and Canada.
Gen Z currently makes up about 20% of the U.S. population, though smaller percentages of the current work force or voting population.