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Uttar Pradesh, Bihar have India's youngest population

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According to bangalore based think tank Takshashila Institution study report, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and Bihars populations have the lowest median ages, or in other words the youngest populations in  India. While Kerala and Tamil Nadu have highest median ages. The median age is nothing but the concept  which divides the population into two equal halves, that is the people older than the median age and the people younger than it. A low median suggests that a country or a region population has more young people than older people.

In 2026, Uttar Pradesh (26.85), Madhya Pradesh (28.83), Bihar (29.05) and Rajasthan (29.51) will continue to have low median ages, while Kerala (37.67) and Tamil Nadu (37.29) will likely have the highest median ages in the country.

It is believed that Over the next century, 60 per cent of the population increase in India would come from the four states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan while only 22 per cent would come from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. The median age in India rose from 22.51 years in 2001 to 24 years in 2011, according to Census data. The median age of India's population will be 37 years in 2050 -- lower than that of China, which will have a median age of 46 years, but higher than Pakistan, which will have a median age of 30.9 -- according to data from the United Nations.

This young population would form India's working-age population, and give India an advantage over countries with a smaller working-age population. But productivity could depend on how states, with the bulk of India's population, improve health and education levels, and provide employment opportunities, according to a 2013 study by Asia and Pacific Policy Studies.

Report Source - Economic Times and MoneyLife. 


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