The median age is an age “x”, such that exactly one half of the population is older than “x” and the other half is younger than “x”.
Why This Matters
The median gives a picture of what the age distribution looks like. Median age signifies population ageing of a country due to fertility rates and life expectancy. It is an important measure of the economic vitality of a Town.
Statistics Canada. 2017. Bridgewater [Population centre], Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia [Province] (table). Census Profile. 2016 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-316-X2016001. Ottawa. Released November 29, 2017.
https://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2016/dp-pd/prof/index.cfm?Lang=E (accessed November 14, 2019).
Median Age in the Sustainable Development Goals
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3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. Major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues.