Median age of the population in Germany 1950-2050

The median age of Germans in 2015 was 45.9 years, meaning that half the German population was younger, half older. This number decreased slightly from 1950 to 1970, likely due to the baby boom after World War II, then began increasing. It is expected to slowly increase to 49.2 by 2050.

Aging in Germany

This shift in the age makeup of Germany is driven by having fewer young people and more old people. While it has increased slightly in the last decade, the German fertility rate remains low. Fewer young people lead to a higher median age. Simultaneously, the life expectancy has increased, having the opposite effect.

Regional and global trends

The entire European Union, due to higher levels of development, shows an upward shift in its age distribution. While this shift is occurring globally, the level of Germany’s median age is a European phenomenon. In other parts of the world, the proportion of young and old inhabitants is skewed sharply toward the young, pulling the median age lower.

Germany: Average age of the population from 1950 to 2050*

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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period

1950 to 2050*

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