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Human Development - Demography

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

Note: This animation was produced with the author's DemoGraphics '06 program.

Source: United Nations Population Division (2005), World Population Prospects, 2004 Revision

The process of population aging in the United States of America will be much slower than in Europe or in China - primarily due to higher fertility. By the middle of the 21st century, the elderly (age 60+) will be only about 26% of the US population.

Contrary to popular belief it is not immigration alone, which slows-down the process of population aging in the US, but significantly higher birth rates.

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