Our Aging World

By Ben Fry, Fathom | GE Healthymagination

According to the United Nations, the elderly population of the world is growing at its fastest rate ever. By 2050, there will be more than 2 billion people aged 60 or over. The age of a country’s population can reveal insights about that country’s history, and can provide a glimpse towards the economic and healthcare trends that will challenge their societies in the future. Explore the visualization below to learn more about how the populations of eight countries will grow and change over time.

The World Population Prospects (2008 Revision) is from the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division. The results of the 2008 Revision incorporate the findings of the most recent national population censuses and of numerous specialized population surveys carried out around the world. It also provides the demographic data and indicators to assess trends at the global, regional, and national levels. For years prior to 1990, population for ages 80 and above is estimated.

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