Bonus List

COUNTRIES WITH THE YOUNGEST PEOPLE

Some countries have a lot of youth. It's not because a lot of young people are moving there (with the exception of Saudi Arabia); it's because the life expectancies are low and birth rates are high (and often associated with young mothers). In all of these countries, a person with the median age (where the same number of people are older versus younger) would not be old enough to legally vote or drink alcohol in the United States. In the top two countries, a median aged person could not even legally drive in most U.S. states.


COUNTRY
1. Uganda
2. Mali
3. Congo, Dem. Rep.
4. Sao Tome & Principe
5. Chad
6. Burkina Faso
6. Niger
8. Burundi
8. Congo, Rep.
8. Malawi
8. Yemen

MEDIAN AGE (YEARS)
14.9
15.9
16.1
16.2
16.3
16.5
16.5
16.7
16.7
16.7
16.7

If Gaza Strip were included in the list, it would be #3 (16.0 years). Note that this and Yemen are the only listed countries outside of Africa.

Source: CIA World Factbook, 2007.

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