The Facts: What is the state of global youth?
What is the Youth Population? How young is the world?
Over half the world’s population is under 30
[UNFPA, The State of World Population, 2014]
How many young people are there in the world?
Today we have the most young people in history, with 1.8 billion youth between the ages of 15-24, more than 1 out of every 4 people on the planet. [UNFPA]
Is Africa still getting younger?
9 out of 10 of these young people live in developing countries. Of the six remaining countries where the average age of the population is still getting younger, five of them are in Africa. [UNFPA]
How will the youth population change in the 21st Century?
By 2050, one out of every three young people in the world will be African
[UN Concise Report on the World Population Situation 2014]
World population - proportion:
Youth as a share (%) of global population peaked around 1985 globally and 2005 in Africa
The share of Under 30 will go below 50% for the first time in modern history between 2015-2020.
World population - gross numbers:
Youth population (#) is projected to grow all the way until 2070-2075. This is due to Africa, where projections are for growth in youth populations for the entire century. In other continents, the youth population (#) has already peaked and is projected to shrink going forward
Overall, the world's population will continue to grow to the end of the century. This is due to Africa, as the rest of the world population growth is projected to slow around 2055
Regional split/developed-developing split:
Around 2075, Africa will surpass Asia as the home to more youth.
By 2050, one out of every three young people in the world will be African [UN Concise Report on the World Population Situation 2014]