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03/10/2019 - The 30th anniversary of the Brussels Region in age pyramids

Discover in pictures the evolution of the age pyramid of Brussels residents from 1989 to 2019
03/10/2019 - The 30th anniversary of the Brussels Region in age pyramids

Click on the picture to see the evolution of the age pyramid of Brussels residents from 1989 to 2019

The Brussels-Capital Region was created in 1989. Therefore, it is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year! But how old are the people of Brussels? How has the population's age structure evolved since the creation of the Region? Discover in pictures the evolution of the age pyramid of Brussels residents from 1989 to 2019. You will see in particular that the Brussels population has become much younger in 30 years!
 

What is an age pyramid?

An age pyramid is a graph that depicts the breakdown of a population at a given moment by gender and age. The vertical axis is divided into age categories. The horizontal axis is divided in two: men on the left and women on the right. The age pyramid presents the number of women on one side and men on the other by age category. The main periods of life are highlighted with different colours: 0-17 years, 18-64 years, and 65 years and over.
 

How has the Brussels population evolved over the past 30 years?

Firstly, the population of the Brussels Region has become younger. The shape of the pyramid has clearly changed over the past 30 years. In 1989, the pyramid had a rectangular shape. It is now similar to a triangle with a double base. The Region currently has more people around the age of 30 with young children than it did at the beginning. These two population categories increased greatly between 2007 and 2012 during the demographic boom experienced by the Region. This increase is a result of exchanges with other countries and, in particular, concerns young people aged about 30 years, therefore of an age to found a family.

Furthermore, in 1989, the Brussels Region had much more women than men. Nowadays, the difference is less noticeable. This is particularly the case among the older age groups.
 

 Want to find out more about the age pyramid?

Further information and analyses of the evolution of the age pyramid in the Region between 1991 and 2016 in the Focus of the BISA No 16.

Further demographic data on the "Population" page of the websites of the BISA and the Monitoring des quartiers.


Bibliography

BISA. HERMIA, Jean-Pierre, 2016. Baromètre démographique 2016 de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale (Brussels’ Demographic Barometer 2016). Brussels, Focus of the BISA No 16.