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Population by Age and Sex, 1950 - 2050; Proportion Elderly, Working Age, and Children

Source: United Nations Population Division (2004): World Population Prospects, 2004
Note: Animation was produced with the author's DemoGraphics '05 software.

This animation of China's population demonstrates the dramatic change in the country's age structure between 1950 and 2050. While the number of children was increasing rapidly between 1950 and about 1970, it is now declining significantly, due to China's strict one-child family planning program. In the next few decades, China will experience a most serious process of population aging - as can be seen by the shrinking base of the population pyramid and the increasing numbers of people age 50 and above.

The bars in the lower half part of the animation represent the percentages of elderly (age 60+), working age population (age 20-59) and children or young adults (0-19) in the population. For instance, it is projected that 31% of all Chinese will be above the age of 60 in the year 2050!

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