Demographic Profile Of France, 1985 And 2012

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Ben Cooke April 14th 2015 SOCY 410 Dr. Deanna Gore Demographic Profile for France, 1985 and 2012 Population Structure and Implications Introduction The population structure of France has remained stable over the past 27 years. Fertility has remained around replacement level. Mortality has remained relatively constant as far as crude death rates go, but there has been an extention in the overall lifespan of an individual during this time. Like most countries that have completed the demographic transition France is engaged in a balancing act between mortality and fertility, and is in danger of experiencing a population decline. If life expectancies continue to increase or fertility rates decrease France could have some hard economic decisions to make in the future. Population Structure by Age While most of the population in 1985 was between the ages of 15 and 64, the population was beginning to grow older as a whole. The median age was in the 30-34 age range and 12.81% of the population was over the age of 65. The number of dependent adults was well below the number of dependent children, with 19.45 dependent adults for every one hundred independent adults and 32.39 dependent children for every one hundred independent adults. This means about 34% of the population were unable to fend for themselves and were forced to rely on the 65% of the population who were able to work and be independent. In 1985 fertility levels were hovering around replacement level, with the
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