Median Age 2021

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The median age of a population is the point at which half the population is older than that age and half is younger. In the last 70 years, the median age of the world's population has increased from 23.6 in 1950 to 31.0 in 2020. However, median ages vary significantly across the globe, and are influenced by a number of factors, such as birth rates, social and economic development and average life expectancies within individual countries.

The African country of Niger has the lowest median age in the world at just 14.8 years (14.5 years for males and 15.1 for females). In fact, the vast majority of the countries with median ages of under 20 are in Africa. This is reflective of the fact that poverty, disease and ongoing conflict situations mean that life expectancy in many African countries is much lower than in developed countries. According to World Health Organisation statistics, Niger has an average life expectancy of 61.8. However, this is still quite a bit higher than that of a number of other African countries. Sierra Leone, for example, with its median age of 19.1 years, has an average life expectancy of just 50.1 years.

This is in contrast to highly developed countries such as Japan, where the median age is 48.6 years, and Germany at 47.8 years. However, it is the tiny, but incredibly wealthy, European principality of Monaco that tops the median age list at 55.4 years (53.7 years for males and 57.0 years for females). Not surprisingly, life expectancies in these countries are also high: Japan consistently has the longest-lived population in the world with a life expectancy of 83.7 (World Health Organization statistics don't include Monaco, although the CIA's World Factbook statistics put the overall life expectancy at birth for citizens of Monaco above Japan at 89.5).

It is also worth noting that median age statistics are also somewhat skewed by the fact that, at a global level, women consistently outlive men and therefore have higher median ages. This occurs regardless of country, although the differences aren't always significant. Furthermore, female-specific conditions (such as death in childbirth), can reduce life expectancy in women, particularly in developing countries.

Median Age 2021

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Median Age 2021

Country Median Median (Male) Median (Female)
Monaco53.151.754.5
Japan47.34648.7
Germany47.14648.2
Saint Pierre And Miquelon46.54647
Italy45.544.446.5
Slovenia44.542.846.2
Greece44.543.545.6
San Marino44.443.345.4
Hong Kong44.443.545
Andorra44.344.444.1
Isle Of Man44.243.344.9
Saint Barthelemy44.144.144.2
Austria4442.845.1
Lithuania43.739.747.1
Latvia43.639.746.9
Bermuda43.441.545.3
Liechtenstein43.241.744.5
Croatia4341.145
Estonia42.739.446.1
Bulgaria42.740.944.7
Spain42.741.543.9
Serbia42.640.944.3
Netherlands42.641.543.6
Finland42.540.944.3
Switzerland42.441.443.4
Hungary42.340.444.3
Denmark42.241.243.2
Portugal42.240.244.4
Canada42.240.943.5
Bosnia And Herzegovina42.140.543.5
Czech Republic42.140.843.4
Malta41.840.843
South Korea41.840.243.4
Puerto Rico41.539.543.2
Cuba41.540.142.6
Belgium41.440.242.7
France41.439.643.1
Sweden41.240.242.2
Romania41.139.742.6
Sint Maarten4139.942
United States Virgin Islands4139.941.9
Montenegro40.739.941.8
Taiwan40.74041.5
Poland40.73942.4
Ukraine40.637.443.7
Slovakia40.538.842.3
United Kingdom40.539.341.7
Cayman Islands4039.340.7
Belarus4037.143.1
Russia39.636.642.5
Aruba39.337.541.1
Luxembourg39.338.739.9
Macau39.339.539.1
Norway39.238.440
Australia38.737.939.5
Barbados38.637.539.8
Georgia38.135.340.9
United States38.136.839.4
New Zealand37.937.138.8
Thailand37.736.638.7
Faroe Islands37.637.138.3
China37.436.538.4
Cyprus36.835.538.3
Ireland36.836.437.1
Moldova36.734.938.6
Cook Islands36.53637
British Virgin Islands36.536.336.6
Iceland36.535.937.1
Curacao36.133.539.7
Trinidad And Tobago3635.636.6
Seychelles35.434.936
Mauritius35.334.236.3
Armenia35.133.336.9
Saint Kitts And Nevis3535.234.8
Uruguay3533.136.7
Anguilla34.832.936.7
Saint Lucia34.833.736
Gibraltar34.733.835.7
Singapore34.634.534.7
Chile34.433.235.6
North Korea3432.535.6
Greenland33.93532.7
Northern Mariana Islands33.632.834.4
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines33.633.833.4
Dominica33.53334
Palau33.432.735
Turks And Caicos Islands33.333.633
Montserrat33.232.633.7
Qatar33.234.328.1
Albania32.931.634.3
Sri Lanka32.831.534
Brazil32.631.132.8
Saint Martin32.531.633.4
Bahrain32.333.829.5
Azerbaijan32.330.833
Wallis And Futuna32.231.333.4
New Caledonia3231.332.7
Bahamas3230.933.2
Antigua And Barbuda31.93033.5
French Polynesia31.931.732.1
Argentina31.730.532.9
Tunisia31.63132.2
Grenada31.531.531.6
Costa Rica31.330.831.8
Turkey30.930.531.4
Kazakhstan30.629.331.9
Lebanon30.529.931.1
Vietnam30.529.431.7
United Arab Emirates30.332.125
Iran30.33030.5
Brunei30.229.730.7
Indonesia30.229.630.8
Colombia302931
Israel29.929.330.6
Suriname29.829.430.2
Kuwait29.330.427.4
Morocco29.328.629.9
Panama29.228.829.6
Guam2928.329.7
Fiji28.928.729.1
Libya28.929.128.7
Uzbekistan28.62829.2
Malaysia28.528.228.8
Mongolia28.327.529.2
Venezuela28.327.629
Mexico28.327.229.4
Maldives28.228.128.3
Paraguay28.22828.5
Myanmar28.227.429
Dominican Republic28.127.928.3
Algeria28.127.828.4
India28.127.228.6
Peru2827.228.8
Turkmenistan27.927.528.4
Ecuador27.72728.4
Bhutan27.628.227.1
Saudi Arabia27.528.226.7
El Salvador27.125.628.6
South Africa27.126.927.3
Bangladesh26.72627.3
Kyrgyzstan26.525.427.6
Nauru26.42725.7
Guyana26.225.926.6
Jamaica2625.526.5
Tuvalu25.724.726.9
Nicaragua25.724.826.6
Oman25.626.624.2
American Samoa25.525.126
Cape Verde25.424.626.2
Cambodia25.324.626
Micronesia25.124.425.8
Kiribati24.623.825.5
Botswana24.523.525.6
Tajikistan24.523.925.1
Samoa24.424.124.6
Bolivia24.323.625
Syria24.323.924.8
Lesotho24.224.224.2
Nepal24.122.825.3
Djibouti23.922.125.3
Egypt23.923.624.2
Pakistan23.823.723.8
Philippines23.523.124
Papua New Guinea23.123.223.1
Tonga2322.523.4
Laos2322.723.3
Honduras2322.623.3
Haiti2322.723.2
Marshall Islands22.922.823
Belize22.722.522.9
Solomon Islands22.522.322.8
Jordan22.522.922
Guatemala22.121.422.8
Vanuatu2221.622.4
Eswatini21.721.521.9
Namibia21.220.421.9
Western Sahara21.120.921.3
Ghana21.120.621.6
Gambia2120.721.3
Ivory Coast20.92120.9
Mauritania20.519.521.4
Guinea Bissau20.119.720.6
Zimbabwe2019.620.4
Iraq2019.820.3
Comoros19.919.220.5
Sudan19.919.720.1
Equatorial Guinea19.819.320.3
Togo19.819.520.1
Eritrea19.719.220.1
Central African Republic19.719.420
Republic Of The Congo19.719.519.8
Madagascar19.719.519.9
Kenya19.719.619.9
Yemen19.519.319.6
Sierra Leone1918.419.6
Rwanda1918.319.8
Timor Leste18.918.319.6
Guinea18.918.719.1
Afghanistan18.918.818.9
Senegal18.81819.7
Gabon18.618.418.8
Dr Congo18.618.318.8
Cameroon18.518.418.7
Sao Tome And Principe18.41818.8
Nigeria18.418.318.5
Benin18.217.918.6
Somalia18.118.317.9
Ethiopia17.917.718.1
Liberia17.817.518
Chad17.816.818.8
Tanzania17.717.518
South Sudan17.317.217.5
Burkina Faso17.317.117.4
Mozambique17.216.617.8
Burundi1716.817.3
Zambia16.816.616.9
Malawi16.516.416.7
Angola15.915.416.3
Mali15.815.116.4
Uganda15.815.715.9
Niger15.415.315.5

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