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Weekly Chart: The Aging Populations of Seven Latin American Countries

February 19, 2015

Latin American populations are often considered to be primarily youthful, yet the proportion of people aged 65 or over is growing. With falling fertility rates and increasing life expectancies in the region, this age group is expected to triple by 2050. The increase could strain economies, as the UN estimates that there will be three working-age persons for every elder by 2050 compared to nine in 2013. In Brazil and Chile, in particular, persons 65 and older are projected to account for nearly twice as much of the population in 2030 compared to 2010.​