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Population by Age and Sex

The Population by Age and Sex option can be found from the Main Menu: choose the Display option, the Specialized Displays for Issues sub-option, and the Population by Age and Sex sub-sub-option. The option is also found in the Main Menu Map options.

That will bring up what demographers call an age-sex distribution of population, like the one below for Mexico in 2020. From this menu it is possible to display a population chart for any country/region or group of the globe. If you would like to display any specific country chart, click on Change Display and then Change Countries/Regions. A list will appear and you can scroll down to the country of your choice, in this case, Mexico.

In order to set the appropriate year, click on Change Display and then the sub-option Set Year. Clicking on Advance or Regress under the Time option will move the chart forward or backwards 5 years. If you would like to display a chart based on a group, select Set Group or Country/Region and then choose the Groups sub-option. You also have the option of displaying the numbers that were used to create this chart by clicking on the Show Numbers option.

population 1

The above age distribution chart displays male and female population sizes for age cohorts separated into 5 year intervals. If you go to the Distribution Type option at the top of this chart and instead select Population Pyramid, you will have a chart that also separates the population into sexes (males on the left, females on the right) and age cohorts in 5 year intervals. This chart (displayed below for Mexico in 2020) is a more common representation of an age-sex distribution, but does not allow easy sex comparison, which is important for countries like China and India with a male selection bias.

population 2

The Change Scenario sub-option under Change Display allows display of results from scenarios other than the base case or the working file.

You can also produce fertility and mortality charts from this screen. Click on the Distribution Type option and then the Fertility Distribution sub-option. This will create a chart that shows at what age women are having children. By clicking on the Distribution Type option and the Mortality Distribution sub-option, you are presented with a chart that visually describes the ages that people are dying. Using the Time option with the mortality distribution can help you understand both infant mortality trends and trends in life expectancy. Try two very different countries like Japan and Cambodia. The Compare Countries option under Distribution Type also allows you to compare countries, years, and/or scenarios on the same graphic.

In the interest of transparency, IFs presents information about population data and equations that are used to determine these numbers.