USA: Dependent people as percent of the working age population
For that indicator, we provide data for the USA from 1960 to 2019. The average value for the USA during that period was 54.57 percent with a minimum of 49.52 percent in 2008 and a maximum of 66.69 percent in 1962.
The latest value from 2019 is 53.28 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2019 based on 187
countries is 58.75 percent.
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The age dependency ratio for the USA is calculated as follows: Age dependency = (people younger than 15 and older than 64) / (working age people ages 15-64). A higher value for the USA 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.