Malawi: Age dependency ratio

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 Malawi

Dependent people as percent of the working age population

 Latest value 82.49
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1960 - 2022
 Average 93.93
 Min - Max 82.49 - 101.69
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for Malawi from 1960 to 2022. The average value for Malawi during that period was 93.93 percent with a minimum of 82.49 percent in 2022 and a maximum of 101.69 percent in 2008. The latest value from 2022 is 82.49 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
Malawi - Age dependency ratio - recent values

Historical chart
Malawi - Age dependency ratio - historical chart - 1960-2022




The age dependency ratio for Malawi is calculated as follows: Age dependency = (people younger than 15 and older than 64) / (working age people ages 15-64). A higher value for Malawi 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.


 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Population size 20.41 2022 million
 Percent urban population 17.98 2022 percent
 Population density 211 2021 people per square km
 Population ages 65 and above 2.61 2022 percent
 Percent children 42.59 2022 percent
 Percent female population 51.36 2022 percent
 Rural population, percent 82.02 2022 percent
 Age dependency ratio 82.49 2022 percent
 Refugee population 35,162 2022 refugees
 Migrant population 1 2015 percent
 Population growth 2.56 2022 percent
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