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Official statistics: Demographic ageing gains further ground in 2016

Demographic aging gained further ground in 2016, as the elderly population aged 65 and above exceeded as of January 1, 2017 by 269,000 the numbers of the young aged 0 -14, the National Institute of Statistics (INS) said in a release published on Wednesday.

More than 3.55 million people were in the elderly age bracket, while the young population aged 0 – 14 was 3.28 million strong.

“The demographic aging process advanced, compared to January 1, 2016, as a slight decrease was evident in the share of young people (0 – 14 of age), while the share of the elderly population (65 years and over) inched up 0.3 percentage points,” the INS said in the release.

The average age of the population was 41.1 years, 0.2 years higher than on January 1, 2016. The median age was 40.8 years, up 0.4 years from January 1, 2016.

On January 1, 2017 the resident population was 22.223 million, down 0.2 pct from January 1, 2016, with a majority of urban and female population (56.3 pct and 51.2 pct, respectively).

The resident urban population was 12.519 million, down 0.3 pct from January 1, 2016. The female population as of January 1, 2017 was 10.848 million, down 0.2 pct from the same date of the year before.

The 45 – 49 age group accounted for the largest share in the total population (9 pct), with the male population in this age bracket accounting for 9.3 pct and women for 8.8 pct.

The weight of the 0 – 4 years age group was 4.6 pct, less than that of the 5 – 9 and 10 – 14 years age groups (5.1 pct).

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