Looking at demographic changes from 1950-2020 using maps

The maps that I am sharing on today’s Map Monday are taken from an excellent interactive site maintained by the Institut National d’Études Démographiques in France. These are screen shots of a few of the categories of demographic data provided on their website. You can search the site for more categories of data, for individual countries, and also for any year you’re interested in, starting at 1950.

One thing to keep in mind when you look at these maps is that Greenland (the world’s largest island, just east of northern Canada) is not legally a separate country, it’s part of Denmark. So although it is VERY large and VERY sparsely populated, these maps treat it as being part Denmark. As a result, the colour showing for Greenland is not an accurate reflection of its demographic characteristics in any of the maps; the colour reflects continental Denmark, which has VERY different demographic characteristics.

Birth Rate.

Birth rates around the world – 1950

Birth rates around the world – 2020


Net migration. People who immigrated to a country minus people who emigrated from a country.

Net migration around the world – 1950

Net migration around the world – 2020


Life expectancy.

Life expectancy around the world – 1950

Life expectancy around the world – 2020


Percentage of population under 20.

Percentage under 20 years of age around the world – 1950

Percentage under 20 years of age around the world – 2020


Percentage 65 and over.

Percentage 65 and over around the world – 1950

Percentage 65 and older around the world – 2020


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6 Responses to Looking at demographic changes from 1950-2020 using maps

  1. Good G-d, the life-expectancy map. Very sobering when you look at Africa. On the other hand, it does make me think about moving to either Canada or Australia. 🙂 – Marty


    • Jane Fritz says:

      Yes, it’s sobering all right. The US life expectancy has actually decreased in the past few years, mostly I think due to the opioid epidemic. Canada’s the place to be, all right (I’m just a bit biased), but you need to like cold weather! 😏

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  2. A fascinating Posting because I’ve been kinda doing my own research, the key to unlocking the reasons why the UK has performed so badly with every aspect of this Pandemic (in my opinion), is population/immigration growth since the 1950’s wasn’t managed. New Zealand has a smaller land area than the UK (I’m a Brit living in Britain) yet only has 5 million residents……. we have 66 million! Alas we have tooo many people living on one small island and there lies the source of ALL our problems, like how do you contact trace a country where 600 people live on every sq/mile? How to house 66…. without ‘raping’ the countryside? Impossible, there’s just tooo many of us Brits.

    People have let their heart rule their heads, having an intelligent managed immigration policy isn’t hating on foreigners, since the 1950’s generations took the view that racism and immigration are one and the same entity, they’re not! Interesting read.


    • Jane Fritz says:

      Interesting analysis. I can’t help but think that the controversial decision to follow the “herd immunity” theory, keeping kids in schools, people at work, and pubs filled to the brim long after other countries had closed schools and put in social distancing requirements had more to do with Britain’s current virus struggles than the number of people on the island, but that’s just me! 😏 Sadly, ignoring social distancing didn’t work so well for Boris or many members of his cabinet.

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