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Table 3 Indicators of population aging in Latin America, 1950–2050

From: The rise of noncommunicable diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean: challenges for public health policies

Indicator 1950 1970 1990 2000 2010 2030 2050
Population age 65 and above (thousands) 5572 11,230 20,735 28,688 38,829 81,506 136,425
Percentage of persons aged 65 and above 3.5 4.0 4.8 5.6 6.7 11.6 17.9
Percentage of persons aged 75 and above 1.0 1.2 1.6 2.0 2.6 4.5 8.2
Median age of the population 19.9 18.6 21.8 24.3 27.4 33.9 39.6
Ratio of older persons to young personsa 67 70.2 49.8 17.6 35 28.4 26.1
  1. Source: ECLAC (2007)
  2. aRatio of the population aged 65 and above to the population aged under 15