2018 World Population Data Sheet

Posted by Kimberley Meijers on August 29, 2018 at 4:35 pm



The Population Reference Bureau has launched the 2018 World Population Data Sheet and has shared a communications toolkit. The toolkit can be accessed in Dropbox. This toolkit includes key messages, sample social media posts, and graphics for sharing and celebrating the launch of WPDS 2018.

The special focus of 2018 is changing age structures, but we have also included at the end of the toolkit a supplemental social media section on family planning. When posting on social media, please do not forget to tag @PRBdata and use the hashtag #WorldPopData!

Additionally, PRB has created a digital version of the toolkit with easy-to-use “click to tweet” options. Please feel free to share this link with others as well. This version is especially useful for reaching out to people via direct message on social media.

Link for sharing: https://spark.adobe.com/page/73lXWbgFnO7Nz/

The World Population Is Growing Older

With continued declines in fertility and mortality, the global population’s shift toward an older age structure, known as population aging, will accelerate. Older adults’ (ages 65+) share of the global population increased from 5 percent in 1960 to 9 percent in 2018 and is projected to rise to 16 percent by 2050, with the segment ages 85 and older growing the fastest. Children’s (ages 0 to 14) share is falling, from 37 percent in 1960, to 26 percent in 2018, with a projected decrease to 21 percent by 2050.


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