dependency ratio


General Science

  • noun a measure of the number of children and old people that each 100 people of working age have to support


  • noun the proportion of a country’s population who are not of working age seen as a ratio of those who are of working age. The more children under 15 or the more old people over 65 there are in a population, the greater the strain put on the actual working population who have to support them.

Health Economics

  • (written as Dependency Ratio)
    A measure of the proportion of a population composed of people who are too young or too old to work. The dependency ratio is equal to the proportion of individuals aged below 15 or above 64 divided by the proportion of individuals aged 15 to 64, expressed as a percentage. Thus: