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Old age dependency ratio (5155) Metric type

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This is the ratio of older dependents, people older than 64, to the working-age population, those ages 16-64, shown as the proportion of dependents per 100 working-age population based on single year of age mid year population estimates. The mid-year population estimates relate to the usually resident population as at 30 June of the reference year. They account for long-term international migrants (people who change their country of usual residence for a period of 12 months or more) but do not account for short-term migrants (people who come to or leave the country for a period of less than 12 months). This approach is consistent with the standard UN definition for population estimates which is based upon the concept of usual residence and includes people who reside, or intend to reside, in the country for at least twelve months, whatever their nationality. For a particular mid-year (30 June) they are available about 12 months after the reference date.
20 Oct 2020
Short label
Old age dependency ratio
Output precision
a low value is good
per 100 working-age population
Population estimates - local authority based by single year of age
Mid-year estimates
Office for National Statistics
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