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The Social, Economic and Demographic Characteristics of Barbadian Young Adults

March 31, 2018

The next population census for Barbados is due in two years in 2020. By this time, the oldest Millennials will be 40 years old, comfortably in the middle of adulthood. Apart from the obvious age criteria, there are additional milestones of adulthood that persons are generally expected to achieve, such as completing their formal education, working full time jobs, getting married, having children and owning their own homes. But societies evolve, and often with that evolution comes differences in the timing of achieving these milestones.

This article considers how young adulthood has changed between the 2000 and 2010 Population census in Barbados, focusing on differences in timing and degree. The main finding is that Young Adults in 2010 were delaying starting a family and getting married, possibly due to longer stints of formal education and higher probabilities of unemployment.

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