Taiwan News
Women outnumbered men in Taiwan in 2014
By Hsieh Chia-chen and Lilian Wu
CNA, Jan. 17 2015

Taiwan's population stood at 23.43 million at the end of 2014, with women outnumbering men by more than 30,000, according to the latest Ministry of the Interior statistics.

There were 11,697,971 men, or 49.92 percent of Taiwan's population at the end of 2014, compared with 11,735,782 women, or 50.08 percent of the population. Women outnumbered men by 37,811.

In terms of the gender structure of the population of Taiwan's 22 cities and counties, women outnumbered men in the relatively urban areas of Taipei, New Taipei, Hsinchu, Taichung, Kaohsiung, and Chiayi cities, while men outnumbered women in other cities and counties.

The sex ratio -- the number of males per 100 females -- was at its lowest in Taipei at 92.1 and at its highest in the outlying Lienchiang County at 133.6.

In terms of the age structure of the population at the end of 2014, there were 3.28 million people aged 0-14, or 14 percent of the total.

There were 17.35 million people aged 15-64, or 74 percent of the total, and 2.81 million people aged 65 or over, or 12 percent of the total.

The ratio of senior citizens remained on the upswing, the ministry said, noting that it has continued to climb since Taiwan first met the threshold for an aging society (of 7 percent of the total population 65 or over) in 1993.

Taiwan's aging index -- the number of seniors per every 100 young people under the age of 15 -- was 85.7 at the end of 2014, an increase of 36.7 over the past decade.

Although Taiwan's aging index at the end of 2014 was lower than that of Canada, Japan and several European countries, it was higher than that of the United States, Australia, New Zealand and other Asian countries.
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