Muslims have highest young population: Census

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Forty-seven per cent of Muslims in India are aged below 20 years, the highest among all religious communities, while children and teenagers make up 40 per cent of the Hindu population.

As per the Census data of 2011, just 29 per cent population among the Jains are in the age group of 0-19 years while among the Christians, it is 37 per cent, Sikhs 35 per cent and Buddhist 37 per cent.

Among India’s total population, around 41 per cent is below 20 years old and nine per cent above 60 years, leaving 50 per cent in the intervening 20-59 age group.

The share of the young population has declined in the country since the previous census in 2001 when it was 45 per cent for the whole country.

Among the Hindus, 44 per cent were below the age group of 20 years, among Muslims 52 per cent and Jains 35 per cent.

Overall, life cycles of different religious communities in the country have shown common trends of declining proportion of children and teenagers and increasing shares of elderly citizens. (AGENCIES)

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