Mapped: Each Region’s Median Age Since 1950

Over the last 70 years, the global population has gotten older. Since 1950, the worldwide median age has gone from 25 years to 33 years.

Yet, despite an overall increase globally, not all regions have aged at the same rate. For instance, Europe’s median age has grown by 14 years, while Africa’s has only increased by 1 year.

This infographic highlights the changes in median age over the last 70 years, and to visualize the differences between each region. We also explain why some regions skew older than others.

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Mapped: Each Region’s Median Age Since 1950

Over the last 70 years, the global population has gotten older. Since 1950, the worldwide median age has gone from 25 years to 33 years.

Yet, despite an overall increase globally, not all regions have aged at the same rate. For instance, Europe’s median age has grown by 14 years, while Africa’s has only increased by 1 year.

This infographic highlights the changes in median age over the last 70 years, and to visualize the differences between each region. We also explain why some regions skew older than others.


First published: July 10, 2020 (link)

Source files included: .ai, .eps, .pdf

Data source: UN Population Index 2020, Statista

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