November 27, 2015 14:51
In an indication of the degree to which Korea's population is aging, the average age of Seoul residents has climbed into the 40s for the first time, while senior citizens now account for 12 percent of the capital's population.
New census data for Seoul released on Thursday showed that the average age of the city’s residents rose to 40.2 as of last year, compared to 33.1 in 2000.
Over the same period, the proportion of children and infants aged between 0 and 14 fell from 18.6 percent to 12.2 percent.
In contrast, senior citizens aged 65 and over made up 11.8 percent of the Seoul population, up significantly from 5.4 percent in 2000.
The number of senior citizens that younger people must support has more than doubled from 7.1 per 100 working people aged 15-65 to 15.5.
Some 22.4 percent of the capital's 1.22 million elderly population were living alone. Among them, 47,000 were dependent on welfare payments, while 33,000 were in the low-income bracket.
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