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Population by Major Age Groups in China, Europe, the United States of America and India, 1950, 2010, 2050 and 2100 (in percent)

Source: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2011): World Population Prospects, the 2010 Revision. New York. See:
Notes: Due to limitation of space country names were abbreviated. China stands for People's Republic of China, USA stands for United States of America, Europe (48) see Glossary

In 1950, roughly 5 percent of China's population was 65 years of age or older; by 2100 this percentage will have increased to 28%. Only 37% of the population will be younger than age 35..

Currently, India's population ageing is, by far, the slowest of this groups: The percentage of population age 65 or above has only increased from 3 to 16 percent between 1950 and 2010. It will further increase to "only" 13% by 2050. However, by 2100, 26% of the population in India will be 65 years or older.

In Europe, 8 percent of the population in 1950 was 65 years of age or older; in 2050 the population aged 65 and above will be 28% of the total population. This will change only little for the next 50 years. By 2100, the population aged 65 and above will be 27% of the total population in Europe.

Population ageing, in the United States of America is somewhat slower than in Europe or in China: The percentage of population age 65 or older will increase from 8 percent in 1950 to about 21% in 2050 and 26% in 2100.

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