Population aged < 15 years (%) total

Indicator name
(English / Spanish)
Population aged < 15 years (%) total
Población < 15 años (%) total
Indicator ID Pop_Under15_Prop
Domain Sociodemographic
Subdomain Demographic
Definition

Proportion of the population under 15 years of age residing in a country, territory or geographic area, at a given time, usually mid-year.

Unit Percentage
Measure Proportion
Type of statistics Corrected/Predicted
Purpose

This indicator is related to the age structure of the population and to the proportion of the potentially inactive population that is used to estimate the dependency ratio.

It is also used to analyze the geographical distribution and the temporal trend of this population segment, useful information for planning and evaluating health and educational policies, among others.

Method of estimation

For countries with a population greater than 90 thousand inhabitants, the figures are estimates from the United Nations, based on data that represent values estimated as of July 1st, obtained by linear interpolation of the corresponding five-year population projections of the United Nations, using the medium-variant projections.

For countries with less than 90 thousand inhabitants, the figures are estimates from the US Census Bureau International Database. The US Census Bureau population projections are based on the cohort component method.

For the proportion of the population <15 years (%) by sex, the rate is calculated with the total population of the respective sex.

Interpretation example

In 2018, 28.6% of the population of country A was under 15 years of age.

Disaggregation Sex
Limitations

The international comparability of this indicator may be affected by the periodicity of population censuses and demographic surveys. Population censuses are generally carried out every 10 years and surveys have a frequency that varies between different countries, and the sampling error also influences quality. The value of the indicator also depends on the adequate coverage of the civil registration system (greater than 90%), on the fact that deaths and births are registered in the information system in a timely manner, and on the integrity of the national registry.

El valor estimado de este indicador puede diferir de los cálculos hechos por cada país, debido a factores tales como diferencias metodológicas, por ejemplo, para elaborar las estimaciones y proyecciones de población.

Data source

For countries with a population greater than 90 thousand inhabitants:
United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects. Available in:United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects. Available from: https://population.un.org/wpp/

For countries with a population of less than 90 thousand inhabitants:
Census Bureau of the United States of America. International database. Available from: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/international-programs/about/idb.html

PAHO update periodicity Annual
Link to SDG

n/a

References
PAHO Contact Andrea Gerger, gergeran@paho.org
Update date August 13, 2021