Median Age by Country in 1978

In the year 1978, the world had a median age of 21.18 years.

The country with the highest median age was ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡จMonaco where the median is 43.25 years. Closely followed by ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆHoly See with a median age of 38.75 years, and ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฒIsle of Man with 37.99.

The country with the lowest median age for the year was ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ชKenya where the median is 13.18 years. Followed by ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ญMarshall Islands with a median age of 13.61, and ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡นMayotte with 13.73 years.

The geographic region with the highest median age was Europe with a median of 31.27 years. Closely followed by Northern America with a median age of 28.63 years, and Oceania with 25.00 years of median age.

When devided into sub-subregions we can see that Western Europe had the highest median age of 33.18 years. Closely followed by Northern Europe with a median age of 32.63 years, and Southern Europe with 30.55 years of median age.

If we devide the global population into income groups we can see that High-income countries has the highest median age of 29.40 years. While the lowest median age is recorded by Low-income countries with a median age of only 16.33.

Countries with the Highest Median Age in 1978

Rank Country Median Age (Years)
1 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡จMonaco 43.2453
2 ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆHoly See 38.75
3 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฒIsle of Man 37.9924
4 ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชGermany 35.4076
5 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชSweden 34.5763
6 ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ปLatvia 34.0592
7 ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บLuxembourg 33.7982
8 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ทGreece 33.7724
9 ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ชJersey 33.6597
10 ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡นAustria 33.5075
11 ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บHungary 33.2472
12 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญSwitzerland 33.1355
13 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆUkraine 33.0831
14 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งUnited Kingdom 33.0761
15 ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ชEstonia 33.0548
16 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ชBelgium 32.9836
17 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นItaly 32.8208
18 ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐDenmark 32.6119
19 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌGuernsey 32.4995
20 ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ทCroatia 32.4789
21 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌBulgaria 32.4667
22 ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธSerbia 32.2008
23 ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฐFalkland Islands (Malvinas) 32.1071
24 ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ดNorway 31.7741
25 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟCzechia 31.6209
26 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒSan Marino 31.224
27 ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทFrance 30.9338
28 ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎFinland 30.8599
29 ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตJapan 30.6639
30 ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡นLithuania 30.6026
31 ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ดRomania 30.5853
32 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎSlovenia 30.1343
33 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฎGibraltar 30.1029
34 ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บRussian Federation 29.7398
35 ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑNetherlands 29.6035
36 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พBelarus 29.47
37 ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธSpain 29.3713
38 ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡นPortugal 29.0984
39 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พUruguay 28.9508
40 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธUnited States of America 28.7782
41 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡นMalta 28.5111
42 ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฎLiechtenstein 28.266
43 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฒBermuda 28.1349
44 ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑPoland 28.0559
45 ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บAustralia 27.8975
46 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐSlovakia 27.5137
47 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ชGeorgia 27.4455
48 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆCanada 27.4351
49 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉRepublic of Moldova 26.8572
50 ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ดFaroe Islands 26.7847
51 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฑSaint Barthรฉlemy 26.1895
52 ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟNew Zealand 26.1688
53 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พCyprus 26.1479
54 ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฉAndorra 25.93
55 ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ทArgentina 25.9278
56 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ชIreland 25.472
57 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธIceland 25.302
58 ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฒSaint Pierre and Miquelon 25.3017
59 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ชMontenegro 25.1242
60 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐNorth Macedonia 24.7985
61 ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ชUnited Arab Emirates 24.513
62 ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡พCayman Islands 24.1099
63 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆBosnia and Herzegovina 24.0241
64 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑIsrael 23.6197
65 ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐChina, Hong Kong SAR 23.5398
66 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ถBonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba 23.2033
67 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ดChina, Macao SAR 23.1212
68 ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ทPuerto Rico 22.9985
69 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡งBarbados 22.8341
70 ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ผAruba 22.8213
71 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฝSint Maarten (Dutch part) 22.5036
72 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌSingapore 22.4155
73 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บCuba 22.3406
74 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ธMontserrat 22.221
75 ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟKazakhstan 22.1859
76 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฑGreenland 21.9973
77 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ญSaint Helena 21.7263
78 ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ทNauru 21.5114
79 ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒArmenia 21.4879
80 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑChile 21.3639
81 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผCuraรงao 21.2305
82 ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฎUnited States Virgin Islands 21.1897
83 ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆQatar 21.1345
84 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ซFrench Guiana 21.0484
85 ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฌBritish Virgin Islands 20.9104
86 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡บGuam 20.7387
87 ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผChina, Taiwan Province of China 20.6331
88 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฆGabon 20.4746
89 ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ตDem. People's Republic of Korea 20.3982
90 ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐSri Lanka 20.156
91 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณChina 20.1429
92 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บMauritius 20.1408
93 ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡นTrinidad and Tobago 20.1139
94 ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ทRepublic of Korea 19.9393
95 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ถMartinique 19.8174
96 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธBahamas 19.624
97 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ญBahrain 19.5592
98 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ตGuadeloupe 19.4887
99 ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฌKyrgyzstan 19.3181
100 ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡จNew Caledonia 19.2886
101 ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฌAntigua and Barbuda 19.1198
102 ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑAlbania 19.1184
103 ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟAzerbaijan 19.1122
104 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ทCosta Rica 18.9617
105 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณIndia 18.8446
106 ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆSouth Africa 18.8229
107 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ทBrazil 18.8048
108 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒMyanmar 18.7792
109 ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ปTuvalu 18.7786
110 ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฑTimor-Leste 18.5939
111 ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฎAnguilla 18.578
112 ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡งLebanon 18.5497
113 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡นBhutan 18.4933
114 ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡นHaiti 18.486
115 ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ตNepal 18.4857
116 ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ทTรผrkiye 18.3461
117 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณBrunei Darussalam 18.3422
118 ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ณSaint Kitts and Nevis 18.3364
119 ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณViet Nam 18.3319
120 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ถEquatorial Guinea 18.2527
121 ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญThailand 18.1947
122 ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ชRรฉunion 18.1846
123 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ซSaint Martin (French part) 18.177
124 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ดBolivia (Plurinational State of) 18.1521
125 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉIndonesia 18.1408
126 ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌEgypt 18.1312
127 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จSeychelles 18.1242
128 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พMalaysia 18.0515
129 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฑSierra Leone 18.0382
130 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ณGuinea 18.0358
131 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฉGrenada 17.8886
132 ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ผKuwait 17.8407
133 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ตNorthern Mariana Islands 17.7366
134 ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏFiji 17.7282
135 ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ญWestern Sahara 17.7136
136 ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ซFrench Polynesia 17.7031
137 ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ฐKosovo (under UNSC res. 1244) 17.6737
138 ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆPanama 17.645
139 ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ธLesotho 17.6324
140 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟUzbekistan 17.5751
141 ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฒTurkmenistan 17.555
142 ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒJamaica 17.4717
143 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ดColombia 17.4423
144 ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ชVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 17.3688
145 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑMali 17.3499
146 ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฎKiribati 17.2702
147 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ทIran (Islamic Republic of) 17.261
148 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒGambia 17.2418
149 ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ชPeru 17.2382
150 ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ผPalau 17.2343
151 ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡พParaguay 17.1999
152 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ซCentral African Republic 17.1973
153 ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จEcuador 17.1859
154 ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌNigeria 17.1831
155 ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ธAmerican Samoa 17.0305
156 ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡จTurks and Caicos Islands 17.013
157 ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฏTajikistan 16.9797
158 ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐPakistan 16.943
159 ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆLao People's Democratic Republic 16.9397
160 ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฒDominica 16.9371
161 ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณTunisia 16.9294
162 ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ทLiberia 16.9255
163 ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญPhilippines 16.9168
164 ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญCambodia 16.87
165 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซBurkina Faso 16.7669
166 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ทSuriname 16.7294
167 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ดSomalia 16.7084
168 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎCรดte d'Ivoire 16.6699
169 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ผGuinea-Bissau 16.6642
170 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉDemocratic Republic of the Congo 16.6515
171 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒCameroon 16.6437
172 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ธSouth Sudan 16.6415
173 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏBenin 16.5769
174 ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ทEritrea 16.5715
175 ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฒComoros 16.4572
176 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฟMozambique 16.4457
177 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡พGuyana 16.4443
178 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผMalawi 16.3759
179 ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ดDominican Republic 16.3721
180 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉBangladesh 16.31
181 ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฏDjibouti 16.3058
182 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณSenegal 16.2808
183 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ณMongolia 16.2302
184 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆMorocco 16.2188
185 ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฉChad 16.1901
186 ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฌPapua New Guinea 16.1897
187 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ปEl Salvador 16.1769
188 ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡บVanuatu 16.1457
189 ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡นEthiopia 16.1324
190 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡นSao Tome and Principe 16.1263
191 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆSaudi Arabia 16.1032
192 ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ดTonga 16.0981
193 ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ซAfghanistan 16.0853
194 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฎBurundi 16.0661
195 ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡จSaint Vincent and the Grenadines 16.0375
196 ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌTogo 15.9814
197 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝMexico 15.9746
198 ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡บNiue 15.9716
199 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌCongo 15.9339
200 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡นGuatemala 15.8837
201 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ปMaldives 15.8737
202 ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฐTokelau 15.8659
203 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ทMauritania 15.8212
204 ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡จSaint Lucia 15.7615
205 ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆNamibia 15.7611
206 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญGhana 15.6926
207 ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ดAngola 15.6812
208 ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟUnited Republic of Tanzania 15.675
209 ๐Ÿ‡ผ๐Ÿ‡ซWallis and Futuna Islands 15.5719
210 ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผRwanda 15.5337
211 ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒOman 15.5196
212 ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฒMicronesia (Fed. States of) 15.404
213 ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ชYemen 15.3999
214 ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟAlgeria 15.3353
215 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ปCabo Verde 15.3307
216 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถIraq 15.3015
217 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฌMadagascar 15.2653
218 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฉSudan 15.1914
219 ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ชNiger 15.1631
220 ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณHonduras 15.0486
221 ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎNicaragua 15.0479
222 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผBotswana 15.0431
223 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟBelize 15.0227
224 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌUganda 14.9415
225 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฐCook Islands 14.9155
226 ๐Ÿ‡ผ๐Ÿ‡ธSamoa 14.8886
227 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡งSolomon Islands 14.8047
228 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พSyrian Arab Republic 14.4632
229 ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡พLibya 14.4113
230 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟEswatini 14.3589
231 ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผZimbabwe 14.1487
232 ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒZambia 14.0524
233 ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ดJordan 13.9324
234 ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธState of Palestine 13.8788
235 ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡นMayotte 13.73
236 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ญMarshall Islands 13.6068
237 ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ชKenya 13.1823

Regions with the Highest Median Age in 1978

Rank Region Median Age (years)
1 Europe 31.2701
2 Northern America 28.6333
3 Oceania 25.0014
4 Asia 19.5462
5 Latin America and the Caribbean 18.4156
6 Africa 16.431

Sub-regions with the Highest Median Age in 1978

Rank Sub-region Median Age (years)
1 Western Europe 33.1819
2 Northern Europe 32.6307
3 Southern Europe 30.5489
4 Eastern Europe 30.1585
5 Australia/New Zealand 27.6037
6 Eastern Asia 21.0798
7 Caribbean 19.6202
8 Central Asia 19.216
9 South America 19.2047
10 Southern Africa 18.4861
11 Southern Asia 18.3725
12 South-Eastern Asia 18.0588
13 Western Asia 17.9068
14 Micronesia 17.8394
15 Western Africa 16.8385
16 Northern Africa 16.6493
17 Middle Africa 16.4997
18 Melanesia 16.4734
19 Polynesia 16.1382
20 Central America 16.021
21 Eastern Africa 15.437

Income Groups with the Highest Median Age in 1978

Rank Income Group Median Age (years)
1 High-income countries 29.4002
2 Upper-middle-income countries 20.5487
3 Middle-income countries 19.4652
4 Lower-middle-income countries 18.3035
5 No income group available 17.3767
6 Low-income countries 16.3319

Data Information

Data found on this page is based on the medium fertility variant of the United Nations Revision of World Population Prospects 2022.

Data Sources

The United Nations - Department of Economic and Social Affairs (Population Division)

UN Revision of World Population Prospects 2022

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