Countries with the Youngest Median Age

Name the twenty countries that have the lowest median age.
Source: CIA World Factbook
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Last updated: November 8, 2020
First submittedDecember 16, 2012
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Median Age
Country
14.8
Niger
15.7
Uganda
15.9
Angola
16.0
Mali
16.1
Chad
16.7
D.R. Congo
16.8
Malawi
Median Age
Country
16.9
Zambia
17.0
Mozambique
17.0
Benin
17.7
Burundi
17.9
Burkina Faso
18.0
Liberia
18.0
Guinea-Bissau
Median Age
Country
18.2
Tanzania
18.3
Sudan
18.5
Somalia
18.5
Cameroon
18.6
South Sudan
18.6
Nigeria
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Level 39
Oct 4, 2012
This quiz is depressing... Being 16 years old is already considered "old" in some countries?
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Level 80
Nov 14, 2017
No that's not what median age means.
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Level 53
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 80
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 54
Jan 10, 2018
Might want to credit Kurzegsagt, but yes.
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Level 64
Jan 10, 2018
You mean Kurzgesagt
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Level 70
Nov 8, 2020
Part of the issue is the high percentage of orphans in these countries due to AIDS and other factors. So there is a high ratio of children to adults.
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Level 56
Nov 15, 2020
Fun fact: if you're 16 in a country with a very low median age, you'd be the exact same age in any other country.
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Level 28
Nov 16, 2020
It's funny that all of these countries are in Africa.
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Level 62
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 73
Jul 27, 2017
I guess fertility rate decreases median age
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Level 80
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 ∞
Nov 8, 2020
Yes, in this case I mean that fertility rates are falling in Sub-Saharan Africa which is a good thing for them. Other countries, such as Japan, could use a higher birth rate.
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Level 82
Nov 9, 2020
The whole world could use a lower birth rate.
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Level 57
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 72
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 81
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 80
Nov 14, 2017
It's both.
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Level 81
Dec 10, 2017
Yes, but rather because people don't breed much over 50...
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Level 72
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 64
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 70
Jul 18, 2018
Even though I understand what you are saying the word "only" saddens me....
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Level 56
Nov 15, 2020
Countries that are currently in wars won't have particularly low median ages, because wars both kill children and make people want to wait with procreation. The "sweet" spot is a few years after a war, when people start making children again, and older generations are still depleted.
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Level 72
Aug 1, 2017
The colonies strike back.
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Level 78
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 60
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 57
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 62
Jan 10, 2018
Some health care and birth control would go a long way
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Level 33
Jan 10, 2018
I guessed Afghanistan...oh well...
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Level 47
Jan 11, 2018
Every one of these are in Africa
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Level 83
Jan 11, 2018
Yeah...
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Level 60
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 79
Aug 8, 2018
My strategy of just typing every country in Africa worked like a charm. :)
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Level 67
Aug 3, 2020
I typed every single country in Africa EXCEPT Sao Tome and Principe, Mauritius and Seychelles!
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Level 56
Nov 16, 2020
Why did you guess the Mediterranean African countries? They are more developed than the rest of Africa.
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Level 89
Nov 8, 2020
In reference to some of the comments above...

The country with the lowest life expectancy in Africa is CAR, at 52.8 years, and the highest life expectancy in sub-Saharan, mainland Africa is Botswana at 69.3 years. The overall life expectancy for Africa is 62 for males and 65 for females, versus the global life expectancy of 70 for males and 75 for females.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy

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Level 73
Nov 8, 2020
I was shocked C.A.R. wasn't one of the answers to the quiz. I even typed it out in full the second time I tried it, just to be sure it really wasn't an answer.
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Level 67
Nov 9, 2020
Damn, I feel old now. In some of these countries, I wouldn't even have 10 years left to live...
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Level 79
Nov 9, 2020
While some of us "should" have died decades ago!
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Level 57
Nov 9, 2020
Better name for the quiz: Try to guess random African Nations mostly Sub Saharan as fast as you can
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Level 60
Nov 15, 2020
It quickly became obvious that it was a question of type in any African country you can think of.
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Level 40
Nov 15, 2020
What about my micronation? Median age is what, 11, I think!
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Level 57
Nov 15, 2020
having a mid life crisis as you start puberty.
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Level 34
Nov 26, 2020
So basically, how many African countries can you name