This post is by Marcus Lu from Visual Capitalist

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Map visualizing the size of the global senior population.

Visualizing the Size of the Global Senior Population

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on iOS or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources. The growth of the senior population is a consequence of the demographic transition towards longer and healthier lives. Population aging, however, can pose economic and social challenges. Here, we map the size of the world’s population aged 65+ for 1980, 2021, and 2050 (projected). The data is from the World Social Report 2023 by the United Nations.

Global Aging

Currently, population aging is most advanced in Europe, Northern America, Australia, New Zealand, and parts Eastern and Southeastern Asia. According to the UN, in most countries in these regions, the proportion of older persons exceeds 10%, and in some cases, 20% of the total population.
Population (Millions)198020212050
Africa & Middle East21M65M198M
Latin America & the Caribbean15M59M142M
North America & Europe113M208M303M
Most parts of sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand) are still in an early stage of this transition, while most countries in Central and Southern Asia, Western Asia and Northern Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean are at an intermediate stage. The size of the world’s senior population isn’t just growing in absolute numbers; it’s also growing as a share of the overall (Read more…)