Population Dependency

Employed population as a share of total population

What does this mean?

One frequently used index for summarizing international age distributions is the dependency ratio, or the ratio of the dependent-age population (young or old) to the working age population. The higher this ratio, the greater the burden of support on working people in specific geographic areas.

Why does this matter?

In general, researchers have used dependency ratios to consider whether a population has too many “non-productive” persons (i.e., young and old) relative to the working-age population, and the estimates are typically viewed as consolidated functions of mortality, fertility, and net migration.

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* Source: US Census Bureau

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Population Dependency

Population Dependency