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Countries with the Youngest Median Age

Name the twenty countries that have the lowest median age.
Source: CIA World Factbook, 2016
Last updated: July 26, 2017
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Median Age
Country
15.3
Niger
15.7
Uganda
16.2
Mali
16.5
Malawi
16.7
Zambia
17.0
Burundi
17.1
Mozambique
17.1
South Sudan
17.2
Burkina Faso
17.6
Chad
Median Age
Country
17.6
Tanzania
17.8
Ethiopia
17.9
Somalia
18.0
Benin
18.2
Angola
18.2
Sao Tome and Principe
18.3
Liberia
18.3
Nigeria
18.4
D.R. Congo
18.5
Cameroon
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level 29
Oct 4, 2012
This quiz is depressing... Being 16 years old is already considered "old" in some countries?
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level 73
Nov 14, 2017
No that's not what median age means.
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level 54
Nov 21, 2017
Well, it is, kinda... If you are 16 and less than half the population of your country is younger than you, you could be called "old "... Of course such median could be, e.g., a result of a colossal, unprecedent baby boom in the last couple years, but I assume all of us are educated enough to know what such medians truly means...
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level 73
Jan 10, 2018
What do you think it truly means? It doesn't mean that you are old. And in fact all of these countries *have* had unprecedented booms in population. Not because people are having more kids- they are having as many as ever- but more because quality of life is improving (access to clean water, medicine)... but still not very good... in this state between being catastrophically impoverished and on the path toward developing, the death rate remains high while the infant mortality rate starts to drop precipitously. Whenever a country gets to this stage in development there is almost always a population explosion.
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level 53
Jan 10, 2018
Might want to credit Kurzegsagt, but yes.
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level 57
Jan 10, 2018
You mean Kurzgesagt
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level 20
Jan 11, 2018
yeah in your late teens in some countries would mean your life would just be starting and in these ones you'd be older than most of the population.
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level 59
Sep 11, 2015
Well this is depressing. All of these are starving African countries or poor countries ravaged by war. What's worst, many of these countries at the top (or bottom if you will) have both.
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level ∞
Jul 26, 2017
The good news: in almost every measure, whether its GDP, life expectancy, fertility rate, or rate of violence, things are improving rapidly on the continent of Africa.
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level 69
Jul 27, 2017
I guess fertility rate decreases median age
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level 73
Nov 14, 2017
The "improvement" to fertility rate QM is referring to I think is that it is falling. Either that... or he meant to say infant mortality rate. Fertility and infant mortality are usually inversely correlated, and yes a high fertility rate decreases median age.
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level 54
Jul 29, 2017
I'm surprised that all the countries on the list are in Africa. There is no any war-torn countries or autocratic countries in other continents on the list, like Syria, Afghanistan, North Korea or Haiti.
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level 73
Aug 1, 2017
Because many of these are not only war torn, but also disease ridden. That lethal combination proves to be much worse for these poor African countries than other Asian/middle eastern nations that are only ravaged by war.
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level 75
Oct 14, 2017
Keep in mind that the low median age basically means that there are many children per adult in those country. It's rather related to the high fertility and demographic expansion than to a low life expectancy.
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level 73
Nov 14, 2017
It's both.
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level 75
Dec 10, 2017
Yes, but rather because people don't breed much over 50...
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level 70
Jan 10, 2018
Ongoing conflict, HIV, availability of health care, lack of social security and migration are all factors that remove the older demographics
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level 55
Jan 10, 2018
You know the Syrian Civil War only lasted 6 years. Before that, Syria didn't have many issues.
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level 61
Jul 18, 2018
Even though I understand what you are saying the word "only" saddens me....
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level 67
Aug 1, 2017
The colonies strike back.
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level 65
Jan 10, 2018
I just started by naming all the countries of Africa and suddenly i had a 100%. Tragic actually
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level 54
Jan 10, 2018
In a way, yes, but it wouldn't be more or less tragic if there were countries from other continents on the list as well, right?
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level 32
Jan 10, 2018
Not tragic at all, just means Africa and east Asia will run the world in a hundred years.
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level 20
Jan 11, 2018
lol yeah dying young totally means your future looks bright! another shining example of comment section logic ;)
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level 58
Jan 10, 2018
Some health care and birth control would go a long way
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level 20
Jan 11, 2018
idk how would they even begin to pay for a health care system. it wouldn't be an easy thing for these countries to train competent doctors and build facilities.
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level 33
Jan 10, 2018
I guessed Afghanistan...oh well...
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level 46
Jan 11, 2018
Every one of these are in Africa
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level 75
Jan 11, 2018
Yeah...
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level 59
Jan 13, 2018
After getting 18 African countries right, I was starting to notice a trend...
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level 55
Jan 20, 2018
That moment when you press 'give up' and then have to conclude that you were wrong in thinking you had tried all countries in Africa south of the Sahara
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level 73
Aug 8, 2018
My strategy of just typing every country in Africa worked like a charm. :)