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Median age of the population in the United Kingdom 2015

The statistic depicts the median age of the population in the United Kingdom from 1950 to 2050*. The median age of a population is an index that divides the population into two equal groups: half of the population is older than the median age and the other half younger. In 2015, the median age of United Kingdom's population was 40 years.

Population of the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom (UK) includes Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and Northern Ireland, and is a state located off the coast of continental Europe. The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy, which means the Queen acts as representative head of state, while laws and constitutional issues are discussed and passed by a parliament.

The total UK population figures have been steadily increasing, albeit only slightly, over the last decade; in 2011, the population growth rate was lower than in the previous year for the first time in eight years.

Like many other countries, the UK and its economy were severely affected by the economic crisis in 2009. Since then, the unemployment rate has doubled and is only recovering slowly. UK inhabitants tend to move to the cities to find work and better living conditions; urbanization in the United Kingdom has been on the rise. At the same time, population density in the United Kingdom has been increasing due to several factors, for example, the rising number of inhabitants and their life expectancy at birth, an increasing fertility rate, and a very low number of emigrants. In fact, the United Kingdom is now among the 20 countries with the highest life expectancy at birth worldwide. As can be seen above, the median age of UK residents has also been increasing significantly since the seventies; another indicator for a well-working economy and society.

United Kingdom: Median age of the population from 1950 to 2050

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Release date

July 2019


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

1950 to 2015

Supplementary notes

*Figures are estimates.

According to the source, figures have been based on a medium variant.

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