By 2050 those aged over 65 will outnumber children aged 5 and under, for the first time in human history


  • The age composition of the developed economies has changed drastically since the 1950s;
  • The over-60s now account for 20% of the population in the US;
  • The over-60s now account for 25% of the population in the EU;
  • Astonishingly, the over-60s now account for 33% of the population in Japan;
  • Globally, the number of the over-60s is estimated to hit TWO (2) BILLION by 2050;
  • By 2050, according to UN forecasts, those aged over 65 will outnumber children aged 5 and under, for the first time in human history.

World Population 1950 - 2050

Source: UN

Graphic by Martin Stabe, Tom Pearson, Steve Bernard, Norma Cohen

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