Median Age by State

The median age indicates the age distribution of a population. Much like a person, a high median age can be indicative of an aging state, specifically if it increases over the years. When a state has a large number of elderly citizens, it needs a similarly large number of young people to counterbalance. Social Security, Medicare, and state retirement plans are just a few programs that require a healthy working-age population in order to provide for the elderly. The median age, therefore, helps policymakers to take measures according to the age of the population and most importantly according to the way this population evolves – if it is getting older or younger.

According to the CIA’s World Factbook, the median age for the United States as a whole is 38.5 years. However, a different picture is painted when broken down to the state level. Some states have a much younger population than other states. Those differences can be due to a wide variety of social, health, economic, and cultural factors. 

Learn for yourself how the median age differs by state by looking at the data in the charts.

Median Age by State

Alabama - Median Age

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#18 in the US

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17.8%

#18 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

22.2%

#16 in the US

Alaska - Median Age

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#47 in the US

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13.1%

#48 in the US

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24.5%

#3 in the US

Arizona - Median Age

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#26 in the US

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18.5%

#10 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

22.2%

#17 in the US

Arkansas - Median Age

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#27 in the US

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17.7%

#19 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

23.3%

#8 in the US

California - Median Age

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#38 in the US

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15.2%

#45 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

22.4%

#18 in the US

Colorado - Median Age

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#39 in the US

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15.1%

#46 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

21.4%

#29 in the US

Connecticut - Median Age

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#6 in the US

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18.2%

#11 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

20.2%

#39 in the US

Delaware - Median Age

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#7 in the US

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20%

#3 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

20.8%

#40 in the US

District of Columbia - Median Age

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#49 in the US

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18.8%

#48 in the US

Florida - Median Age

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#5 in the US

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21.3%

#1 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

19.7%

#45 in the US

Georgia - Median Age

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#40 in the US

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14.7%

#47 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

23.4%

#9 in the US

Hawaii - Median Age

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#19 in the US

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19.6%

#6 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

21.1%

#30 in the US

Idaho - Median Age

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#41 in the US

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16.7%

#31 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

24.7%

#4 in the US

Illinois - Median Age

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#28 in the US

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16.6%

#32 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

22.1%

#19 in the US

Indiana - Median Age

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#29 in the US

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16.5%

#33 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

23.3%

#10 in the US

Iowa - Median Age

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#30 in the US

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17.9%

#20 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

23.1%

#11 in the US

Kansas - Median Age

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#42 in the US

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16.8%

#34 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

23.9%

#12 in the US

Kentucky - Median Age

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#20 in the US

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17.2%

#21 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

22.5%

#20 in the US

Louisiana - Median Age

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#43 in the US

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16.4%

#35 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

23.4%

#13 in the US

Maine - Median Age

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#1 in the US

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21.8%

#2 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

18.2%

#49 in the US

Maryland - Median Age

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#21 in the US

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16.3%

#36 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

22.1%

#21 in the US

Massachusetts - Median Age

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#9 in the US

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17.4%

#22 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

19.5%

#46 in the US

Michigan - Median Age

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#10 in the US

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18.2%

#12 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

21.4%

#31 in the US

Minnesota - Median Age

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#31 in the US

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16.8%

#37 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

22.9%

#22 in the US

Mississippi - Median Age

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#32 in the US

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16.9%

#38 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

23.5%

#14 in the US

Missouri - Median Age

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#22 in the US

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17.7%

#23 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

22.4%

#23 in the US

Montana - Median Age

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#11 in the US

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19.7%

#7 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

21.3%

#32 in the US

Nebraska - Median Age

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#44 in the US

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16.5%

#39 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

24.6%

#5 in the US

Nevada - Median Age

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#33 in the US

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16.5%

#40 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

22.2%

#24 in the US

New Hampshire - Median Age

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#2 in the US

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19.3%

#8 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

18.4%

#50 in the US

New Jersey - Median Age

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#12 in the US

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17%

#24 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

21.8%

#33 in the US

New Mexico - Median Age

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#34 in the US

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18.5%

#13 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

22.3%

#25 in the US

New York - Median Age

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#23 in the US

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17.4%

#25 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

20.7%

#41 in the US

North Carolina - Median Age

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#24 in the US

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17.1%

#26 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

21.8%

#34 in the US

North Dakota - Median Age

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#48 in the US

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16.1%

#41 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

23.6%

#15 in the US

Ohio - Median Age

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#13 in the US

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17.9%

#27 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

22.1%

#26 in the US

Oklahoma - Median Age

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#45 in the US

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16.4%

#42 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

24%

#6 in the US

Oregon - Median Age

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#14 in the US

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18.6%

#14 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

20.2%

#42 in the US

Pennsylvania - Median Age

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#8 in the US

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19.1%

#9 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

20.6%

#43 in the US

Rhode Island - Median Age

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#15 in the US

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18.2%

#15 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

19%

#47 in the US

South Carolina - Median Age

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#16 in the US

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18.7%

#16 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

21.5%

#35 in the US

South Dakota - Median Age

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#46 in the US

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17.6%

#28 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

24.6%

#7 in the US

Tennessee - Median Age

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#25 in the US

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17.1%

#29 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

22%

#27 in the US

Utah - Median Age

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#50 in the US

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11.7%

#50 in the US

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28.3%

#1 in the US

Vermont - Median Age

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#3 in the US

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20.6%

#4 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

18.1%

#51 in the US

Virginia - Median Age

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#35 in the US

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16.3%

#43 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

21.8%

#36 in the US

Washington - Median Age

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#36 in the US

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16.2%

#44 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

21.7%

#37 in the US

West Virginia - Median Age

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#4 in the US

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20.9%

#5 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

20.3%

#44 in the US

Wisconsin - Median Age

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#17 in the US

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18%

#17 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

21.6%

#38 in the US

Wyoming - Median Age

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#37 in the US

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17.8%

#30 in the US

POPULATION UNDER 18 YEARS OLDhelp

22.7%

#28 in the US