If you were born today, you’d expect to live to be 79.68 years old — the highest life expectancy recorded ever in the United States, but only the 43rd highest in the world. Also, if you were born today you’d be younger than 99% of Americans. Likewise, if you were 88 years old, you’d be older than 99% of Americans.

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Credit: Flowing Data

To check where you stand among the age demographics in the U.S., Nathan Yau of Flowing Data made this interactive chart that’s incredibly easy to use. At 27, I seem to be younger than 39% of Americans and older than 61% of Americans. Males 35 or 36 years of age are right dead center in between the youngest and oldest Americans while women hit the mark at 38 or 39.

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Another great way to visualize age demographics is the population pyramid,  which illustrates the age and sex structure of a country’s population. The shape of the population pyramid gradually evolves over time based on fertility, mortality, and international migration trends.

U.S. Population Pyramid. Credit: Indexmundi.com

U.S. Population Pyramid. Credit: Indexmundi.com

 

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