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2022 Census: Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais have a higher percentage of elderly people

Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais are the Brazilian states with the highest percentage of elderly population, according to data on age groups from the 2022 Census, released this Friday (27) by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).

The data shows an aging of the Brazilian population: the number of elderly people increased by 57.4%. The total number of people aged 65 or over jumped from 14,081,477 in 2010 to 22,169,101 in 2022.

The regions with the highest proportion of elderly people are the Southeast (12.2%) and the South (12.1%). The regions with the highest percentage of children up to 14 years old are the North (25.2% of total residents) and the Northeast (25.2%).

In Rio Grande do Sul, 14.1% of residents are 65 years old or over – it is the state with the highest proportion of elderly population and the lowest percentage of children. The age group up to 14 years old represents 17.5% of the population of Rio Grande do Sul. The median age in the state is 38 years old, three years older than the national median age.

In Rio de Janeiro, the elderly represent 13.1% of the population, while children make up 17.8%.

In Minas Gerais, 12.4% of the population is 65 years old or over, while the share of the age group up to 14 years old is 18.1%

*Published by Fernanda Pinotti, with information from Agência Brasil

Source: CNN Brasil

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