Population by Age & Sex, 1950 - 2050 (population in 1000)
In this animated
population pyramid one can watch population change in China unfold over a 100 year period
- between 1950 and 2050.
For the period 1950 to 1995 the pyramid is based on population estimates of the UN
Population Division; the data for 2000 to 2050 are from the most recent medium variant UN
One can see how the "baby boom" generation from the 1960s and early 1970s
"moves up" the age pyramid. The animation also visualizes the aging of
the Chinese population, which is caused by the significant fertility decline since the
mid-1970s (and the further increase in life expectancy). Within the next 3 decades the
number of elderly people in China will increase massively (see also the discussion of China's aging problem).
Source: United Nations (1999): World Population Prospects.
The 1998 Revision. New York (electronic data files)