Most SA citizens under age of 35 - Census

2012-10-30 10:39

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Cape Town - Close to 60% of the population is under the age of 35, according to the Census 2011 results released on Tuesday.

The number of children aged 0 to 4 outnumber other age brackets.

Over 5.6 million South Africans are under the age of 4, while 4.8 million children are aged 5 to 9, and close to 4.6 million are between the ages of 10 and 14.

"Almost one in three, or 29.6% of the population of South Africa, is aged between 0 and 4 years, and a further 28.9% is aged between 15 and 34 years," according to the document.

The census results show Gauteng's population swelling and becoming bigger than that of KwaZulu-Natal.

The coastal province, however, still has a higher number of children, perhaps an indication of higher fertility rates and the number of people migrating out of KwaZulu-Natal after age 20, according to census officials.

Their are a higher number of boys born in the country, but girls begin to outnumber their male counterparts between the ages of 15 to 19.

An expert at Statistics SA says this is a global trend, which can be attributed to three factors, namely mortality, fertility, and migration.

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