How does Average Age Differ in Asia?

The average age of people in India is 26, and that of people in Japan is 45. This highlights the trend of extremely varied population demographics in Asia, which is simultaneously experiencing an explosion of younger people alongside a massive aging. For example, in 2000, the median age of those in Laos and Cambodia was in the teens, whereas in Japan it was in the 40s.

More facts about Asian populations:

  • The huge aging population in Asia is called the "graying" of Asia — in Japan, China and Singapore, almost one-fourth of the population is composed of those older than age 65.

  • By 2025, it's projected that Japan will have as many octogenarians, nonagenarians and centenarians as they have people under the age of 15.

  • The youngest country in Asia in terms of median age is Laos, where the average age is about 20. That is comparable to the population of Sudan and younger than that of Iraq or the West Bank.
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whoa. And we take birth control. Looks like these folks aren't thinking of how the world will support its people.

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