Lesotho: Age dependency ratio

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Dependent people as percent of the working age population

 Latest value 61.75
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1960 - 2022
 Average 80.84
 Min - Max 61.75 - 98.38
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for Lesotho from 1960 to 2022. The average value for Lesotho during that period was 80.84 percent with a minimum of 61.75 percent in 2022 and a maximum of 98.38 percent in 1961. The latest value from 2022 is 61.75 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 196 countries is 58.67 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
Lesotho - Age dependency ratio - Recent values chart

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Lesotho - Age dependency ratio - historical chart - 1960-2022

The age dependency ratio for Lesotho is calculated as follows: Age dependency = (people younger than 15 and older than 64) / (working age people ages 15-64). A higher value for Lesotho and other countries means that employed people have to support more non-working people, either young or old.
Definition: Age dependency ratio is the ratio of dependents--people younger than 15 or older than 64--to the working-age population--those ages 15-64. Data are shown as the proportion of dependents per 100 working-age population.

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 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Population size 2.31 2022 million
 Percent urban population 29.94 2022 percent
 Population density 75 2021 people per square km
 Population ages 65 and above 4.22 2023 percent
 Percent children 33.84 2023 percent
 Percent female population 50.68 2023 percent
 Rural population, percent 69.58 2023 percent
 Age dependency ratio 61.75 2022 percent
 Refugee population 251 2022 refugees
 Migrant population 0 2015 percent
 Population growth 1.06 2022 percent
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