Dependency Ratio

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Definition: The dependency ratio is the number of young and elderly people in a population divided by the total adult population. The larger the dependency ratio is, the greater the burden on the average adult because the needs of the dependents must be met by the rest of the adult population.

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Crossman, Ashley. "Dependency Ratio." ThoughtCo, Mar. 2, 2017, thoughtco.com/dependency-ratio-definition-3026250. Crossman, Ashley. (2017, March 2). Dependency Ratio. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/dependency-ratio-definition-3026250 Crossman, Ashley. "Dependency Ratio." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/dependency-ratio-definition-3026250 (accessed January 20, 2018).