Most EU capital regions had fairly young populations



In 2021, the EU median age was 44.1 years, up from 43.9 in 2020. Most capital regions in the EU had relatively young populations, although, the outermost French region of Mayotte had, by far, the lowest median age (17.7 years), followed by Guyane (26.3 years).

There were 8 regions in the EU with a median age of at least 50 years in 2021: the eastern German regions of Chemnitz, Sachsen-Anhalt, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg and Thüringen, as well as Liguria and Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Italy, and Principado de Asturias in Spain.

You can hover over the different circles in the visual below to see the median age across the regions of the EU. The blue circles represent regions with a median age below the EU average (44.1 years) and orange circles represent regions with a median age equal to or above the EU average. If you play the animation, you can watch the projected developments through to 2050.

Based on Eurostat’s population projections ‘EUROPOP2019’, the highest median ages among NUTS level 2 regions in 2050 are projected for the Spanish regions of Principado de Asturias (59.1 years) and Castilla y León (57.9 years) and the lowest are projected for the French regions of Mayotte (21.1 years) and Guyane (30.6 years).

If you want to check if you are younger or older than the average age in your region, visit the newly updated Regions in Europe – 2022 interactive edition. It features dynamic visualisations covering many themes, including population data. We also recommend the Statistical Atlas – an easy to use interactive tool providing data in map form.

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Methodological note:

Median age is the age that divides a population into two groups that are numerically equivalent.