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People > Dependency ratios > Total dependency ratio: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: This entry is derived from People > Dependency ratios, which dependency ratios are a measure of the age structure of a population. They relate the number of individuals that are likely to be economically "dependent" on the support of others. Dependency ratios contrast the ratio of youths (ages 0-14) and the elderly (ages 65+) to the number of those in the working-age group (ages 15-64). Changes in the dependency ratio provide an indication of potential social support requirements resulting from changes in population age structures. As fertility levels decline, the dependency ratio initially falls because the proportion of youths decreases while the proportion of the population of working age increases. As fertility levels continue to decline, dependency ratios eventually increase because the proportion of the population of working age starts to decline and the proportion of elderly persons continues to increase.
total dependency ratio - The total dependency ratio is the ratio of combined youth population (ages 0-14) and elderly population (ages 65+) per 100 people of working age (ages 15-64). A high total dependency ratio indicates that the working-age population and the overall economy face a greater burden to support and provide social services for youth and elderly persons, who are often economically dependent.
youth dependency ratio - The youth dependency ratio is the ratio of the youth population (ages 0-14) per 100 people of working age (ages 15-64). A high youth dependency ratio indicates that a greater investment needs to be made in schooling and other services for children.
elderly dependency ratio - The elderly dependency ratio is the ratio of the elderly population (ages 65+) per 100 people of working age (ages 15-64). Increases in the elderly dependency ratio put added pressure on governments to fund pensions and healthcare.
potential support ratio - The potential support ratio is the number of working-age people (ages 15-64) per one elderly person (ages 65+). As a population ages, the potential support ratio tends to fall, meaning there are fewer potential workers to support the elderly.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Niger 111.5% 2013
=2 Chad 103.3% 2013
=2 Uganda 103.3% 2013
4 Mali 100.7% 2013
5 Somalia 100.1% 2013
6 Angola 99.6% 2013
7 Zambia 97% 2013
8 East Timor 96.3% 2013
9 Afghanistan 96% 2013
10 Mozambique 94.8% 2013
11 Malawi 94.1% 2013
12 The Gambia 93.5% 2013
13 Tanzania 92.5% 2013
14 Burkina Faso 92.3% 2013
15 Democratic Republic of the Congo 91.9% 2013
16 Nigeria 89% 2013
17 Burundi 88.6% 2013
18 Senegal 86.9% 2013
19 Cameroon 85.8% 2013
20 Ethiopia 85.5% 2013
=21 Liberia 84.9% 2013
=21 Congo, Republic of the 84.9% 2013
23 Benin 84% 2013
24 South Sudan 83.8% 2013
=25 Guinea 83.2% 2013
=25 Eritrea 83.2% 2013
27 Rwanda 82.8% 2013
28 Madagascar 82.5% 2013
failed states average (profile) 82.49% 2013
=29 Sao Tome and Principe 81.8% 2013
=29 Guatemala 81.8% 2013
31 Comoros 81.6% 2013
32 Kenya 81.5% 2013
Sub-Saharan Africa average (profile) 81.34% 2013
33 Togo 80.5% 2013
34 Cote d'Ivoire 80.2% 2013
35 Sudan 79.9% 2013
36 Guinea-Bissau 79.7% 2013
37 Sierra Leone 79.3% 2013
38 Central African Republic 77.5% 2013
39 Gabon 77.4% 2013
40 Solomon Islands 77.1% 2013
41 Zimbabwe 76.4% 2013
42 Mauritania 76.3% 2013
43 Iraq 76.2% 2013
44 Tonga 75.7% 2013
=45 Gaza Strip 75.6% 2013
=45 Yemen 75.6% 2013
=45 West Bank 75.6% 2013
48 Samoa 75.1% 2013
Former French colonies average (profile) 74.06% 2013
49 Ghana 72.2% 2013
50 Equatorial Guinea 71.4% 2013
51 Swaziland 70.4% 2013
52 Vanuatu 69.5% 2013
53 Papua New Guinea 69.3% 2013
54 Lesotho 68.3% 2013
Landlocked countries average (profile) 66.29% 2013
55 Nepal 66.1% 2013
56 Bolivia 66% 2013
57 Honduras 65.8% 2013
58 Namibia 65.5% 2013
59 Guyana 65.3% 2013
60 Haiti 65.2% 2013
61 Federated States of Micronesia 64.4% 2013
62 Syria 64.3% 2013
Sparsely populated countries average (profile) 64.17% 2013
63 Tajikistan 64.1% 2013
64 Laos 63.8% 2013
Hot countries average (profile) 63.79% 2013
65 Israel 62.5% 2013
South Asia average (profile) 62.48% 2013
66 Pakistan 61.8% 2013
67 Japan 61.6% 2013
Muslim countries average (profile) 61.55% 2013
68 Philippines 61.4% 2013
69 Paraguay 61% 2013
70 Belize 60.9% 2013
71 Djibouti 60.5% 2013
72 Jordan 60.2% 2013
73 Nicaragua 59.9% 2013
Former British colonies average (profile) 59.81% 2013
Christian countries average (profile) 59.53% 2013
74 Botswana 59.1% 2013
75 El Salvador 59% 2013
76 Egypt 58.5% 2013
77 Virgin Islands 58.1% 2013
Religious countries average (profile) 57.85% 2013
78 Dominican Republic 57.5% 2013
79 Ecuador 57.4% 2013
80 Cambodia 57.3% 2013
South and Central Asia average (profile) 57.08% 2013
81 Sweden 56.8% 2013
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 56.72% 2013
Catholic countries average (profile) 56.67% 2013
82 France 56.5% 2013
=83 Kiribati 56.2% 2013
=83 Uruguay 56.2% 2013
East Asia and Pacific average (profile) 55.56% 2013
85 Panama 55.1% 2013
=86 Finland 55% 2013
=86 Denmark 55% 2013
Heavily indebted countries average (profile) 54.43% 2013
=88 Italy 54.3% 2013
=88 Argentina 54.3% 2013
90 Peru 54.2% 2013
=91 United Kingdom 54% 2013
=91 Jamaica 54% 2013
Latin America and Caribbean average (profile) 53.91% 2013
93 South Africa 53.9% 2013
94 Belgium 53.8% 2013
95 Mexico 53.6% 2013
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 53.59% 2013
96 Cape Verde 53.5% 2013
97 Bangladesh 53.3% 2013
98 Venezuela 53.2% 2013
99 Kyrgyzstan 52.7% 2013
OPEC countries average (profile) 52.63% 2013
100 Norway 52.6% 2013
101 India 52.4% 2013
=102 Greece 52.3% 2013
=102 Guam 52.3% 2013
104 Fiji 52.2% 2013
105 Libya 52.1% 2013
106 Germany 52% 2013
107 New Zealand 51.9% 2013
108 Indonesia 51.8% 2013
109 Netherlands 51.7% 2013
110 Suriname 51.6% 2013
111 Grenada 51.3% 2013
=112 Estonia 51.2% 2013
=112 Colombia 51.2% 2013
=114 Ireland 50.8% 2013
=114 Maldives 50.8% 2013
116 Sri Lanka 50.7% 2013
High income OECD countries average (profile) 50.56% 2013
117 Portugal 50.5% 2013
=118 United States 50.4% 2013
=118 Iceland 50.4% 2013
=120 Australia 50.2% 2013
=120 Latvia 50.2% 2013
122 Puerto Rico 50.1% 2013
Eurozone average (profile) 49.68% 2013
123 Croatia 49.6% 2013
124 Spain 49.5% 2013
European Union average (profile) 49.33% 2013
125 Turkey 49.3% 2013
126 Bulgaria 49.2% 2013
NATO countries average (profile) 49.18% 2013
127 Uzbekistan 49% 2013
=128 Morocco 48.9% 2013
=128 Austria 48.9% 2013
=128 Bhutan 48.9% 2013
Emerging markets average (profile) 48.76% 2013
131 Saint Lucia 48.6% 2013
=132 Turkmenistan 48.3% 2013
=132 New Caledonia 48.3% 2013
Cold countries average (profile) 48.28% 2013
134 Switzerland 48.1% 2013
135 Kazakhstan 48% 2013
136 Algeria 47.9% 2013
137 Georgia 47.7% 2013
Middle Eastern and North Africa average (profile) 47.69% 2013
Europe average (profile) 47.66% 2013
138 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 47.6% 2013
Non-religious countries average (profile) 47.59% 2013
139 Antigua and Barbuda 47.2% 2013
140 Saudi Arabia 46.9% 2013
141 Hungary 46.8% 2013
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 46.71% 2013
142 Montenegro 46.7% 2013
143 Luxembourg 46.5% 2013
144 Canada 46.3% 2013
145 Brazil 46.2% 2013
146 Czech Republic 46.1% 2013
Potential Future EU Members average (profile) 46.07% 2013
=147 Jersey 46% 2013
=147 Guernsey 46% 2013
=147 Slovenia 46% 2013
150 Malaysia 45.9% 2013
151 Albania 45.7% 2013
152 Bosnia and Herzegovina 45.5% 2013
153 North Korea 45.2% 2013
154 Mongolia 45.1% 2013
155 Chile 45% 2013
156 Malta 44.9% 2013
157 Lithuania 44.6% 2013
158 Aruba 44.3% 2013
159 Armenia 44.1% 2013
=160 Costa Rica 44% 2013
=160 Serbia 44% 2013
Eastern Europe average (profile) 44% 2013
162 Tunisia 43.6% 2013
163 Romania 43.3% 2013
164 Burma 43.1% 2013
165 Seychelles 42.6% 2013
166 Trinidad and Tobago 42.5% 2013
167 French Polynesia 42.4% 2013
168 Barbados 42.3% 2013
169 Brunei 42% 2013
=170 Cuba 41.9% 2013
=170 Ukraine 41.9% 2013
172 Lebanon 41.8% 2013
173 Poland 41.6% 2013
174 Vietnam 41.4% 2013
175 Cyprus 41.3% 2013
176 Western Sahara 41.2% 2013
177 Belarus 41.1% 2013
178 Iran 41% 2013
=179 Republic of Macedonia 40.9% 2013
=179 The Bahamas 40.9% 2013
181 Russia 40.5% 2013
182 Mauritius 39.8% 2013
183 Slovakia 38.9% 2013
184 Moldova 38.8% 2013
185 Thailand 38.6% 2013
186 Azerbaijan 38.5% 2013
187 Kuwait 37.2% 2013
188 South Korea 37.1% 2013
189 China 36.8% 2013
190 Oman 35.7% 2013
191 Singapore 35.6% 2013
192 Hong Kong 34.6% 2013
193 Bahrain 30.3% 2013
194 Macau 25.8% 2013
195 United Arab Emirates 18.6% 2013
196 Qatar 17.2% 2013

Citation

"Countries Compared by People > Dependency ratios > Total dependency ratio. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", CIA World Factbooks 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/People/Dependency-ratios/Total-dependency-ratio

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Interesting observations about People > Dependency ratios > Total dependency ratio

  • Niger ranked first for dependency ratios > total dependency ratio amongst Hot countries in 2013.
  • Uganda ranked first for dependency ratios > total dependency ratio amongst Christian countries in 2013.
  • Sweden ranked first for dependency ratios > total dependency ratio amongst Europe in 2013.
  • Israel ranked first for dependency ratios > total dependency ratio amongst High income OECD countries in 2013.
  • France ranked first for dependency ratios > total dependency ratio amongst NATO countries in 2013.
  • Pakistan ranked first for dependency ratios > total dependency ratio amongst Emerging markets in 2013.
  • Chad ranked second for dependency ratios > total dependency ratio amongst Muslim countries in 2013.
  • Malawi ranked first for dependency ratios > total dependency ratio amongst Heavily indebted countries in 2013.
  • Nepal ranked first for dependency ratios > total dependency ratio amongst Cold countries in 2013.
  • Iraq ranked first for dependency ratios > total dependency ratio amongst Middle Eastern and North Africa in 2013.
  • Somalia ranked second for dependency ratios > total dependency ratio amongst Former British colonies in 2013.
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