Best Years to Be Born

The Top Ten
1 2000 The year 2000 (MM) was a century leap year that started on a Saturday according to the Gregorian calendar. It marked the 2000th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations. It was the last year of the 2nd millennium and the 20th century, and the 1st year of the 2000s decade.

Could you imagine being born on January 1st, 2000? It's just clean. You always know your age whenever you check the calendar for events. Really cool year, start of the new millennium, overall pretty amazing year.

This is the last year of the second millennium and the last year of the 20th century. Kids born in this year already lived in two millennia and two centuries before their first birthday had even come around. If they live to 101 to see the 2101, then that's three centuries. Plus, 2000s kids get to say their age is just the year.

Old enough to have actually seen the evolution of smartphones and technology. Grew up with some of the greatest movie franchises of all time including Harry Potter and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Old enough to have experienced all the trends of the 2000s and the 2010s in childhood and adolescence. And, along with some 2001 babies, were the last graduating class to have an uninterrupted grade school education due to COVID-19 for the next 13 years.

2 1948

Born into the Welfare State - NHS, State Pension, Final Salary Pension, student grants, mortgage tax relief, house price inflation. World Cup '66, The Beatles, Andy Pandy, Crackerjack etc. Life was simpler. No P.C., AIDS, and missed National Service.

Now coming 70 in December with 11 years of retirement, wealthier and fitter(ish) than ever. Say, do, and drink what I like.

In later years, most of my high school teachers volunteered that the class of '66 was about at the pinnacle of potential for success. Most of us had it all, and most of us didn't know it. What a time to grow up.

3 1989

The cartoons, the cereal, and the food were amazing. Christmas was the best in the 80s, and it gives me memorable, happy, great-feeling vibes!

Living your teenage years in the 2000s would be peak, and you get to have a vivid image of the New Year on December 31st, 1999, into 2000.

There wasn't too much technology, and the Japanese car scene was at its peak. I wish I was born then. I was born in 2003.

4 1994

This is the year because rap was going crazy.

5 1996
6 1992

I was born on Valentine's Day of this year and am old enough to remember lots of great 90s Saturday morning cartoons when they first came out when I was a kid!

7 2002 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2002nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 2nd year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 3rd year of the 2000s decade.

They are graduating this year. You were the first ones to spend your core childhood after the Great Recession. The end of 2009 to early 2014 were your core childhood times.

I love middle school, Class of 2016!

Better than 2001. First, it is safe to say 2002 onwards, post-9/11, and solidly in the 2000s (some consider 2000 not to be in the 2000s, and those born in 2001 were probably largely conceived in late 2000 and therefore not as solidly in the 2000s), is nearly akin to a different generation, especially with people born prior to August 2001 not even experiencing COVID-19 in high school. Also, late 2001 would have entered the 2020s as an adult, so really 2002-born onwards was markedly different. Someone born at midnight on January 1st, 2002, would still have experienced some nanoseconds in 2020 as a 17-year-old. This really highlights how different 2001-born and 2002-born individuals are from each other.

Also, 2002 borns would have had more than half of their childhood in the 2010s, given that there are 10 whole years from age 3-12 (counting both 12 and 3) and 2002 borns would have been still 7 when 2010 started. They would have had the entirety of 8-12 with some of 7 in the 2010s, while anyone born before 2002 would have had more childhood in the 2000s. So, really the first year of a new group.

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9 1938

Would have been young enough to avoid actually taking part in World War II or the Korean War, but would have seen a fascinating period of American history.

10 1999

The last year of the millennium and the year where the only person you can move and see through the pupils in the planet, hence the only real person in this universe, is born. This is not a random year, this is THE YEAR!

This is the final year before the 21st century. Anyone born here that lives to be 101 will have lived in three different centuries. People born in this year also were deprived of some technologies, just like everyone else in the 20th century. We grew up without phones as well and didn't even know what social media was until late middle school. We didn't care about our looks growing up and we just focused on having a normal childhood like everyone else.

The Contenders
11 1998

I was born in 1998. I remember myself as a child in the mid-2000s before kids started using smartphones and tablets. I had a true high school experience in the early 2010s before I knew what social media was. That was in college when I first heard about it. Probably, 1998ers grew up in the 3rd best decade to grow up: the 2000s, just behind the '80s and '90s. 3rd place in 'best decades to grow up' is pretty good.

Right now, I'm in the same account as my dad, who was born in 1971. I didn't know what an iPhone was until my senior year in high school. I was just focused on brick phones. I might even live through 3 centuries if I make it to 103 years.

12 1993
13 1997

It's the year when the person who will change the world was born. Those who were born in 1997 are different in every single way.

14 2004 2004 was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2004th year of the Common Era and Anno Domini designations

This was a good year to be born in, and I have amazing childhood memories from the late 2000s and 2010s.

Unfortunately, a good portion of my teen years were stolen due to the pandemic, but at least I got to have senior prom and a normal graduation ceremony in 2022.

Can't believe I'm going to be 20 in a few months. Time sure flies.

It's an okay year to be born in. You're in the sweet spot of kids that grew up as toddlers having normal lives without an abundance of technology (2007 - 2008). Now, for 2005 babies, I can't say the same thing.

I was born on the 200th day of 2004, July 18. Not only are you '90s influenced as a toddler, but brought up with advanced medicine and not that much technology in the crucial years - a nice sweet spot. You also just have to add 5 to your age to remember what year you're in.

15 1990 In 1990, the reunification of East and West Germany marked a historic moment in the aftermath of the Cold War. Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, introduced the concept of the World Wide Web, revolutionizing the way people access and share information. Nelson Mandela's release from prison... read more

You got to spend your childhood years during the peak of humanity, which was from 1998 to 2000. You graduated college in a decent economy and had time to secure a good position before COVID.

Good year to be born, along with being born this same year if you are Korean. Share the same birth year with Shin Se Kyung.

16 1933
17 1955

I was born this year. Great music, liberation of women, and turned 18 just at the end of the Vietnam War. The world was changing, and we had a front-row seat. Yay - Baby Boomers!

It isn't about the year I was born, but when I reached my teens. I feel I lived through the best music, but maybe everyone feels like that!

Same as '54, being in your teens during the 60s.

18 2003 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2003rd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 3rd year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 4th year of the 2000s decade.

Good year to be born. I swear this is the best Gen Z year to be born. It's way better than being born in 1998 or 2010.

How is this the worst year to be born? It's 1901, guys!

Being born in the early 20th century will suck. World War I and World War II are just around the corner for you!

Late 2003 is currently aged 17 years (as of this writing in March of 2021). Amazing birth year anyway, especially the latter part of the year (after July). Memories of the 2006 summer were the first. YouTube was already beginning to become popular, but some VCR exists in first memories. Much better than 2004, but definitely better than 2001 (imagine having 9/11 in your birth year).

The second half was the best when it comes to 2003. The first half would mean people could remember late 2005, which is not nearly as modern as spring/summer of 2006. Having the internet since toddler years really makes for a different experience. Graduating in 2021/2022 is pretty good, especially graduating in 2022. Covid will hopefully be gone by then. But either way, 2003 borns, and late 2002, were the first to experience a full year of covid/post-covid schooling. 2001/early 2002 will only have had a couple of months in the very last year.

On the other hand, having had Covid begin in 10th grade is far more interesting, as there was quite a long time, and the 2021/2022 school year will probably be in school, so the last year of schooling will be a reunion of sorts. Also, spending more than half of teenhood in the 20s (only late 2003 born after July were less than 16.5 years as of January 2020, 16.5 being the midpoint of the teen years given teens are 13-19, and that is 7 years, and half of 7 is 3.5, and 3.5 years before turning 20 is age 16.5, and 3.5 years after turning 13 is age 16.5) is an interesting thought. It is also interesting to consider that digital cameras really took off in 2003, as well as camera phones. 2002 is not very different from 2003, although late 2003 had more social media sites that would later become popular.

19 2007 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2007th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 7th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 8th year of the 2000s decade.

You get to live your whole childhood in one decade only (2009 maybe an exception). Some cartoons were at their peak, and some really good movies came out for these kids. Not everyone born here was an internet addict. It was kinda like a third were.

This is the year I was born, October 14th, 2007. There is no bias, what are you talking about?

I voted for 2007 because it is the best year, duh.

2007 is when all of the Disney princess movies started coming out left and right, and we actually have common sense, unlike the people born in 2008.

20 2005 2005 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2005th year of the Common Era and Anno Domini designations. It was the 6th year of the 2000s decade.

This is the last year of mostly normal kids. Then it goes downhill. I just graduated high school and I swear every freshman class that came in got worse and more demented. We are the last of the Gen Z generation that got to experience a normal childhood without technology taking over (now we have 5-year-olds with phones). Plus, the best shows came out in 2005, including Criminal Minds and Grey's Anatomy. 2000-2005 are top-tier kids.

Better than most years, there were lots of shows and things to do at the same time, and we weren't influenced by technology too much.

21 2006 2006 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2006th year based on the Common Era/Anno Domini designations. It is the 6th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 7th year of the 2000s decade.

You got to have an amazing childhood in the last decent decade in human history and the first decade without a recession: 2009-2019.

Elementary Class of 2017 rocks!

My youngest brother, who is 8 years younger than me, was born this year. He will be graduating high school in 2024. Plus, kids born this year are the last to have graduated elementary school before the fidget spinner trend. He graduated elementary in 2017, and it was a good year.

Wow, they had YouTube, etc. Not my year, but still pretty good. Covid was largely a middle school phenomenon for them though, so not as interesting.

22 1949

Got to be a kid in the 50s and a teenager in the 60s. Plus, you had a good chance at just missing the Vietnam draft because they had just developed the lottery system when you were 18/19.

23 1995

1995 is the perfect birth year for many reasons:

- It's not considered too early or too late in the '90s.
- Your childhood had just the right amount of innocent years before 9/11 happened. You're just old enough to slightly remember it, but not old enough to have trauma from it.
- You get to live through high school years without the plague of the 2016 election ruining your long-time friendships.
- You have K-12 and just enough time to complete your Bachelor's before COVID ruins campus life.
- A technology-free childhood with Apple computers just beginning.

24 2001 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2001st year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 1st year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 2nd year of the 2000s decade.

2001 is way better than 2002. 2001 was the last birth year to spend K-12 free of Covid-19 and the last year to remember the mid-to-late 2000s. Who wants to experience Covid in high school, like 2002+ borns? No one.

Also, 2002 borns have faulty logic - late adolescence experience cannot make 2001 and 2002 different generations. Get out of here.

I was born in 2001. I know '90s stuff. Here in India, in early childhood, we experienced Nintendo games, VCRs, and radios. We didn't have any Android phones, just an old Nokia phone that belonged to my dad. Played a lot of sports in childhood.

25 2008 2008 was a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2008th year based on the Common Era/Anno Domini designations. It is the 8th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 9th year of the 2000s decade.

A good year to be born. They were the last ones to have a normal childhood before COVID occurred. They were also the last to have a proper graduation in elementary school before COVID.

2009 is also not a bad year to be born, but 2010+ kids had no childhood. If you were born in 2008, your core childhood years were 2014-2019.

It is such a nice year, nice and even, and on a leap year. You get to enjoy the beginning of smartphones and more advanced technology. Video games start to get realistic and beyond Tetris, but you also get to live through most of your childhood years without facing the pandemic.

You might be one of the people to explore space. It is a great year to be born.

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