Age dependency ratio, old (% of working-age population) - Country Ranking

Definition: Age dependency ratio, old, is the ratio of older dependents--people older than 64--to the working-age population--those ages 15-64. Data are shown as the proportion of dependents per 100 working-age population.

Source: World Bank staff estimates using the World Bank's population and age distributions of the United Nations Population Division's World Population Prospects. The World Bank's population estimates are from various sources including the United Nations Population Division's World Population Prospects; census reports and statistical publications from national statistical offices; Eurostat's Demographic Statistics; United Nations Statistical Division, Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years); U.S. Census Bureau: International Database; and Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Statistics and Demography Programme.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Japan 43.32 2015
2 Italy 35.08 2015
3 Greece 33.43 2015
4 Finland 32.41 2015
5 Germany 32.24 2015
6 Portugal 31.91 2015
7 Sweden 31.77 2015
8 France 30.64 2015
9 Bulgaria 30.42 2015
10 Denmark 29.55 2015
11 Latvia 29.47 2015
12 Malta 29.02 2015
13 Estonia 28.79 2015
14 Croatia 28.62 2015
15 Spain 28.33 2015
16 Lithuania 28.28 2015
17 Belgium 28.11 2015
18 Austria 27.98 2015
19 Netherlands 27.94 2015
20 United Kingdom 27.55 2015
21 Czech Republic 27.03 2015
22 Switzerland 26.85 2015
23 Slovenia 26.72 2015
24 Hungary 26.35 2015
25 Romania 25.78 2015
26 Serbia 25.64 2015
27 Norway 24.86 2015
28 Canada 23.77 2015
29 New Zealand 22.89 2015
30 Australia 22.71 2015
31 Uruguay 22.50 2015
32 Poland 22.34 2015
33 United States 22.31 2015
34 Ukraine 21.94 2015
35 Bosnia and Herzegovina 21.73 2015
36 Puerto Rico 21.70 2015
37 Barbados 21.31 2015
38 Iceland 20.79 2015
39 Hong Kong SAR, China 20.64 2015
40 Georgia 20.43 2015
41 Ireland 20.19 2015
42 Montenegro 20.16 2015
43 Luxembourg 20.09 2015
44 Cuba 20.04 2015
45 Belarus 19.99 2015
46 Slovak Republic 19.49 2015
47 Russia 19.13 2015
48 Israel 18.45 2015
49 Cyprus 18.19 2015
50 Korea 18.01 2015
51 Albania 17.95 2015
52 Macedonia 17.42 2015
53 Argentina 17.11 2015
54 Singapore 16.05 2015
55 Chile 15.98 2015
56 Armenia 15.29 2015
57 New Caledonia 15.04 2015
58 Thailand 14.58 2015
59 Sri Lanka 14.07 2015
60 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 13.77 2015
61 Jamaica 13.58 2015
62 Trinidad and Tobago 13.48 2015
63 Mauritius 13.45 2015
64 Moldova 13.40 2015
65 St. Lucia 13.26 2015
66 China 13.05 2015
67 Costa Rica 12.94 2015
68 El Salvador 12.61 2015
69 Lebanon 11.99 2015
70 Panama 11.71 2015
71 The Bahamas 11.70 2015
72 Macao SAR, China 11.53 2015
73 Brazil 11.35 2015
74 Turkey 11.29 2015
75 Tunisia 10.99 2015
76 Grenada 10.79 2015
77 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 10.76 2015
78 Timor-Leste 10.73 2015
79 Bolivia 10.58 2015
80 Dominican Republic 10.50 2015
81 Peru 10.46 2015
82 Antigua and Barbuda 10.43 2015
83 Ecuador 10.43 2015
84 Suriname 10.38 2015
85 Colombia 10.25 2015
86 Tonga 10.24 2015
87 Kazakhstan 10.12 2015
88 Seychelles 9.87 2015
89 Mexico 9.81 2015
90 Vietnam 9.61 2015
91 Venezuela 9.55 2015
92 Paraguay 9.43 2015
93 Morocco 9.26 2015
94 Samoa 9.11 2015
95 Algeria 9.06 2015
96 Nepal 8.98 2015
97 Fiji 8.91 2015
98 Gabon 8.84 2015
99 India 8.56 2015
100 Malaysia 8.53 2015
101 Egypt 8.47 2015
102 Guatemala 8.28 2015
103 Myanmar 7.99 2015
104 Nicaragua 7.84 2015
105 Azerbaijan 7.76 2015
106 Indonesia 7.71 2015
107 South Africa 7.66 2015
108 Honduras 7.66 2015
109 Bangladesh 7.58 2015
110 Guyana 7.56 2015
111 Haiti 7.51 2015
112 Bhutan 7.44 2015
113 Pakistan 7.43 2015
114 Philippines 7.22 2015
115 Iran 7.10 2015
116 Vanuatu 7.08 2015
117 Uzbekistan 6.97 2015
118 Cabo Verde 6.96 2015
119 Lesotho 6.93 2015
120 Libya 6.92 2015
121 Syrian Arab Republic 6.91 2015
122 Congo 6.82 2015
123 Central African Republic 6.75 2015
124 Malawi 6.70 2015
125 Djibouti 6.64 2015
126 Kyrgyz Republic 6.57 2015
127 Mozambique 6.52 2015
128 Cambodia 6.41 2015
129 Ethiopia 6.33 2015
130 Jordan 6.24 2015
131 Tanzania 6.21 2015
132 Lao PDR 6.20 2015
133 Turkmenistan 6.14 2015
134 Brunei 6.10 2015
135 Swaziland 6.07 2015
136 Kiribati 6.04 2015
137 Mongolia 5.97 2015
138 Solomon Islands 5.94 2015
139 Sudan 5.93 2015
140 Cameroon 5.91 2015
141 Belize 5.90 2015
142 Namibia 5.90 2015
143 Ghana 5.87 2015
144 Dem. Rep. Congo 5.81 2015
145 São Tomé and Principe 5.68 2015
146 Zambia 5.68 2015
147 Guinea-Bissau 5.65 2015
148 Mauritania 5.65 2015
149 Guinea 5.63 2015
150 Somalia 5.60 2015
151 Botswana 5.59 2015
152 Côte d'Ivoire 5.55 2015
153 Liberia 5.51 2015
154 Senegal 5.50 2015
155 Niger 5.49 2015
156 Iraq 5.46 2015
157 Zimbabwe 5.35 2015
158 Benin 5.26 2015
159 Nigeria 5.14 2015
160 Madagascar 5.12 2015
161 Kenya 5.07 2015
162 Mali 5.04 2015
163 Uganda 5.04 2015
164 Papua New Guinea 5.03 2015
165 Togo 5.03 2015
166 Equatorial Guinea 4.99 2015
167 Rwanda 4.97 2015
168 Chad 4.92 2015
169 Comoros 4.91 2015
170 Yemen 4.89 2015
171 Sierra Leone 4.86 2015
172 Tajikistan 4.84 2015
173 Eritrea 4.82 2015
174 Burundi 4.69 2015
175 Angola 4.62 2015
176 Afghanistan 4.62 2015
177 Burkina Faso 4.60 2015
178 The Gambia 4.49 2015
179 Saudi Arabia 4.18 2015
180 Oman 3.36 2015
181 Bahrain 3.17 2015
182 Kuwait 2.60 2015
183 Qatar 1.42 2015
184 United Arab Emirates 1.34 2015

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Development Relevance: Patterns of development in a country are partly determined by the age composition of the population. Because different age groups have varying impacts on infrastructure needs, resource use and planning, and impacts on the environment, the age structure of a population is useful for analyzing future policy and planning goals involving infrastructure and development patterns.

Limitations and Exceptions: Because the five-year age group is the cohort unit and five-year period data are used in the United Nations Population Division's World Population Prospects, interpolations to obtain annual data or single age structure may not reflect actual events or age composition. For more information, see the original source.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Dependency ratios capture variations in the proportions of children, elderly people, and working-age people in the population that imply the dependency burden that the working-age population bears in relation to children and the elderly. But dependency ratios show only the age composition of a population, not economic dependency. Some children and elderly people are part of the labor force, and many working-age people are not. Age structure in World Bank's population estimates is based on the age structure in United Nations Population Division's World Population Prospects. For more information, see the original source.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual