Visualizing The Rapidly Aging Western World

From issues such as declining fertility rates to the ongoing complications resulting from China’s famous “One Child Policy”, there are many demographic challenges that the world must grapple with in the coming years.

However, Visual Capitalist's Jeff Desjardins notes one problem of particular importance – at least in places like Europe and the Americas – is a rapidly aging population. As the population shifts grayer, potential consequences include higher dependency ratios, rising healthcare costs, and shifting economies and cities.


We’ve discussed Germany’s demographic cliff before, but it’s not only Germany that will be impacted by a rapidly aging population.

The above animation from data visualization expert Aron Strandberg shows the median age of European countries between 1960 and 2060.

Starting about a decade from now, you can see that the U.N. projects some European countries to start hitting a median age of 50 or higher. This includes countries like Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Greece, and then later Germany, Poland, Bosnia, and Croatia.

The UK, France, Ireland, Scandinavia, and former Soviet countries will be younger – but only slightly so. Median ages in these places by 2060 will be in the early to mid-forties.


Populations in North and South America are also graying fast, though not quite at Europe’s pace.

Here’s a similar map of the Americas that highlights median age between 1960 and 2060, based on U.N. projections.

Chile and Brazil, in particular, are trending older. Meanwhile, Canada is not far behind with an expected median age of 45 in 2060. Interestingly, the United States is anticipated to only hit a median age of 42 by 2060, which is lower than almost all Western countries.

While this makes the U.S. look younger in comparison, the country will still experience the same type of economic burden from an aging population. In fact, it’s expected that the population of Americans older than 65 years will nearly double from 48 million to 88 million over the coming three decades.


Manthong J S Bach Sat, 11/11/2017 - 22:27 Permalink

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Well, the good news is that there are bountiful, fertile brown people to replace the old dried up liberal white people.

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Laowei Gweilo God Emperor Sat, 11/11/2017 - 22:43 Permalink

Median forecasted age for Canada is super wrong because it doesn't include any of the new Trudeau policiesneeds factor in an extra 300-400K disproportionately young adult immigrants per year, for the foreseeable future, and then gazillion kids they all push out lolalso means that Vancouver at, already 65% minorities, will look like Singapore by then o.0

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jeff montanye God Emperor Sat, 11/11/2017 - 22:56 Permalink

this ageing of the world's population is an absolutely unavoidable consequence of slowing the rate of population growth and then reversing it which will occur somewhere around mid century as the result of individual choices made by individual women primarily.  increases in the death rate due to depression, war, plague, etc. could also have an impact.but generally this would seem to be a good thing ultimately as human pollution is starting to poison life, wars over scarce resources are escalating, and perhaps smaller familes allow better care for the affected children.  in any case the women (and men) making these choices prefer them. at some point the people born at the end of the baby boom in the wealthy countries (mid 1960's) will die and those countries will average younger than the poorer ones whose baby boom coincided with the green agricultural revolution and whose birth rates came down more recently (or probably will in the near future).  these are fascinating and very powerful for immigration from poor to rich countries, while this will increase (or slow the decline of) the population  of the rich countries, it will reduce the world's population on balance as the poor countries lose the immigrants and the immigrants (or their children), as they assimilate, reduce their fertility rates versus those left in the home countries.

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Eyes Opened God Emperor Sun, 11/12/2017 - 09:43 Permalink

Maybe its just 'cos I'm gittin old but I actually thought the pic of her in the red dress was the nicest pic in the bunch...Pussy & ass pics are so common nowadays they don't have the same allure they once had.... nothing left to the imagination & slammed right in your face like a piece of fucking raw meat... I'm jaded I guess.... :-(

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GooseShtepping Moron Manthong Sun, 11/12/2017 - 02:19 Permalink

Did you even look at the damn map? There aren't any fertile brown people. The ageing is just as bad in Central and South America as it is in most of Europe. The only place in the world with and above replacement TFR is Sub-Saharan Africa, and I rather doubt that massive amounts of Nigerians and Congolese are going to sail across the Atlantic and force their way into America.

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Eyes Opened GooseShtepping Moron Sun, 11/12/2017 - 09:33 Permalink

Historically...Our (Ireland) demographic aging is mostly from emmigration.. every time there's a recession the government of the day "exports" our young unemployed to US / Canada / Australia & any other country that will let us in...classic cop-out....But families here generally are bigger than eu average... 4 kids is looked upon as small... I come from a time (60yrs old) when we had BIG families... 11 in mine... I had a friend in school came from a family of 21 children  lol...Cost-of-living is probably the single biggest barrier to having kids here today... particularly if u live in the capital where there is a dearth of residential property & prices are STOOPID !!BTW 40% of the cost of building a house/apartment goes to the government in taxes... & a recent introduction of a property tax means the gov is quite happy to see property values go up & their percentage with it....

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Infinite QE GooseShtepping Moron Sun, 11/12/2017 - 09:49 Permalink

"and I rather doubt that massive amounts of Nigerians and Congolese are going to sail across the Atlantic and force their way into America" Hmm...not sure if you've been paying attention but Soros is sending boatloads of the bipeds to Europe, and eventually they will be airlifted to America. Subscribe to Refugee Resettlement Watch and watch the fun as it transpires. 

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Cynicles II Manthong Sun, 11/12/2017 - 02:24 Permalink

The mormons are the last chance for future America. The only place you will find birthrates compatable with the the latino and arab nations where more children is praised.Nothing to do with the economic burdon thrust on the West. Nor the Rx prices, and side effects - nor crap healthcare (unaffordable) - nor poison food (GMO, pesticides, drugs etc)  -nor the, aw fuk it, I don't need the stress...

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Invinciblehandaxe Cynicles II Sun, 11/12/2017 - 03:40 Permalink

wrong dude. during communism in eastern europe you had free kinder gardens. none of them could say we dont have the capacity like ever. you had free schools. early weds got like a 10 months salary worth of financial support from the state for the first child, the second etc. the company you worked for paid half of your new built flat all you had to do was to sign a deal that you would stay with the company for the next 5 years. for the other half you could take a 0% interest loan from state banks or borrow from parents. you had free and very good health care system. every year you could go to spa for like two weeks all paid by the state or the company. sure there were things we didnt like but compared to this fucking capitalism the communism was a fucking paradise. for the last 25 years the western capitalists stole everything that could be stolen. fucking thieves. we were building that state fortune for 40 years. all gone. now we are slaves in our own countries. fuck the west all the way. the sooner it dies the better.

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Scar Bro Invinciblehandaxe Sun, 11/12/2017 - 05:10 Permalink

Be careful with that shit. Communism is the Jewish destruction of white civilization. They have infiltrated the Western system and are proceeding to destroy it also. Yeah, you might have had some stuff they let you have but you also had 20 million deaths in Gulags. See the concentration camp jew Genrik Yeghoda who was an actual mass murderer and not Hitler. JEws will infiltrate any system to destroy you. Under communism they took away everything you had and made you live in squalor. That they gave you some basic shit is to their credit? They fucking ruled you and utterly destroyed orthodox christianity. But you're right, about capitalism too. They have hijacked it and want to turn it into communism for the masses. Don't think it helps with people like you cheerleading them.

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J S Bach J S Bach Sat, 11/11/2017 - 22:37 Permalink

Those honest historians on the the ass-end of the physiological experiment known as post-WWII-Earthica know that Europa is a mangled miasma of matter consisting of once-proud caucasoid anthorpoids whose ancestors once fought for dignity and honor.  If ANY of that DNA still exists, it WILL manifest itself in the coming generations.

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Nigger Rich Sat, 11/11/2017 - 22:30 Permalink

spics breed like rats. no matter how poor they are, it's mental deficiency. I fucking hate brown people almost more than I hate niggers and what they do to white civilization.

GooseShtepping Moron Nigger Rich Sun, 11/12/2017 - 02:36 Permalink

You obviously didn't look at the data. Mexico's median age will surpass that of the USA by 2060, and Mexico's current TFR is a barely above replacement 2.2 (and dropping). The United States, by the way, has a TFR of 1.87 (which is far below replacement) and that includes all the Mexicans already living here.If Mexico's TFR falls by a measly tenth of a percentage point, it too will have a declining population.

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Cloud9.5 Nigger Rich Sun, 11/12/2017 - 11:42 Permalink

Sorry to disappoint. I had one child and he has a juris doctorate.  He represents insurance companies and Fed Ex in liability claims.  He has 3 kids. They have a certified teacher as a nanny.  They are probably whiter than you are.  My son’s wife has a juris doctorate and has her own firm.  They pay more in taxes than I earn and I am in the top 20% income bracket. We all voted for Trump in the last election.  There are Mexicans that have blond hair and blue eyes.  Research who set up the beer industry in Mexico.  While Spanish is the national language, there are many who speak Zapotec, Italian, Nahuatl, Arabic, Mixtec, Purépecha, English, Tzeltal, German, and Chinese.  Kind of blows your preconceived notion when you come to realize that the hot oriental chic you just ogled may very well be a Mexican. Oh, and I’m for building the wall.  Emiliano Zapata killed the crap out of my people.  I don’t want his politics migrating north.

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pitz Sat, 11/11/2017 - 22:35 Permalink

Young white people can't afford to breed.  The jobs have been largely shipped offshore and there's excess wealth vested with bankster pukes.

nicxios pitz Sun, 11/12/2017 - 08:21 Permalink

It may seem like the reason but I don't think that is it. It's the move away from religion and traditional family values. White women today want to ride the cock carousel. When their looks start to fade, they then they look for cucks to latch onto and suck the life blood out of. They want "freedom" which in essence and reality means "license", license to be degenerate cunts and sluts. 

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Vageling pitz Sun, 11/12/2017 - 09:50 Permalink

They can. Taken really black & white they rather pay others. Idiots and their dogma. Working to provide for parasites. And virtue signal about it. That it will be the end of us? Nah, that's nationalist/populist/racist/[insert whatever bullshit I forgot]. 

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