With a 47 percent share of children and teenagers, Muslims in India have the highest young population. Children and teenagers in the age group of 0-19 are highest in number among all religions, compared to 40 percent in Hindus and 29 among Jains, according to new Census 2011 data released on Tuesday.
All communities put together, around 41 percent of the country’s population is below 20 years old and nine percent above 60 years, leaving 50 percent in the intervening 20-59 age group.
The proportion of elderly has risen across all communities as life spans have generally increased.
Contributed By Sonia Narula