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2nd Revision

Introduction

 
Data - Population Growth
China's population by age groups, 1950 - 2050*
United Nations Population Projection, 1998 Revision, Medium Variant (million)
1950 1995 2010 2025 2050
Total

556.7

1,226.7

1,380.5

1,488.1

1,484.4

0 - 4

76.2

103.7

92.7

86.3

78.1

5 - 19

165.0

319.6

290.4

278.1

245.6

20 - 49

228.4

594.7

665.0

597.9

529.7

50 +

87.1

208.8

332.4

525.8

631.0

*Note: These estimates and projections include the population of Mainland China and Hong Kong.
Source: United Nations Population Division (to be published): World Population Prospects. The 1998 Edition. New York (Data on CD-ROM)

During the next 50 years China will experience a dramatic population aging. According to this most recent UN population projection (the 1998 Revision) China will have about 630 million people age 50 and above in 2050 - while there will be only some 78 million children below the age of 5 and just 324 million children and teenagers below the age of 20. In other words: by 2050 China will have almost twice as many people above age 50 than below age 20.
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Revision 2.0 (First revision published in 1999)  - Copyright 2011 by Gerhard K. Heilig. All rights reserved. (First revision: Copyright 1999 by IIASA.)