India: Average age of the population from 1950 to 2050
(median age in years)
Median age of the population in India 2015
The median age in India was 26.8 years old in 2015, meaning half the population was older than that, half younger. This figure was lowest in 1970, at 19.3 years, and was projected to increase to 38.1 years old by 2050.

Aging in India

India has the second largest population in the world, after China. Because of the significant population growth of the past years, the age distribution remains skewed in favor of the younger age bracket. This tells a story of rapid population growth, but also of a lower life expectancy.

Economic effects of a young population

Many young people means that the Indian economy must support a large number of students, who demand education from the economy but cannot yet work. Educating the future workforce will be important, because the economy is growing as well and is one of the largest in the world. Failing to do this could lead to high youth unemployment and political consequences. However, a productive and young workforce could provide huge economic returns for India.
India: Average age of the population from 1950 to 2050
(median age in years)
Median age in years
195021.3
195520.7
196020.2
196519.6
197019.3
197519.7
198020.2
198520.6
199021.1
199521.8
200022.7
200523.8
201025.1
201526.8
2020*28.4
2025*30
2030*31.7
2035*33.3
2040*35
2045*36.6
2050*38.1
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Source

Release date

July 2019

Region

India

Survey time period

1950 to 2015

Supplementary notes

According to the source, figures have been based on a medium variant.
*Estimates.

Median age of the population in India 2015
The median age in India was 26.8 years old in 2015, meaning half the population was older than that, half younger. This figure was lowest in 1970, at 19.3 years, and was projected to increase to 38.1 years old by 2050.

Aging in India

India has the second largest population in the world, after China. Because of the significant population growth of the past years, the age distribution remains skewed in favor of the younger age bracket. This tells a story of rapid population growth, but also of a lower life expectancy.

Economic effects of a young population

Many young people means that the Indian economy must support a large number of students, who demand education from the economy but cannot yet work. Educating the future workforce will be important, because the economy is growing as well and is one of the largest in the world. Failing to do this could lead to high youth unemployment and political consequences. However, a productive and young workforce could provide huge economic returns for India.
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