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## Nepal

### Dependency and Sex Ratios

*Figure 6. Nepal: Population Distribution by Age and Sex, 1988*

Source: Based on information from Nepal, National Planning Commission
Secretariat, Central Bureau of Statistics, *Statistical Pocket Book:
Nepal*, 1988, Kathmandu, 1988, 26.

The dependency ratio is defined as the ratio of the
population
in the birth to fourteen age-group, and those sixty years
and older
to the population in the productive age-group, that is,
fifteen to
fifty-nine years of age. In 1981 this ratio stood at
eighty to
nine. The temporal increase in the number of those in the
young
population group has depressed the median age of the
population
from 21.1 years in the mid-1950s to 19.9 years in 1981.
The sex
ratio in 1981, defined as the number of males to 100
females, was
105 males to every 100 females
(see
fig. 6).

*Data as of September 1991*