# Handouts4Teachers/Population Pyramid/Population Pyramid - Vietnam case study/Population pyramid handout

## Description

Every county has a range of people of different ages, both females and males. The percentage of females and males in the different age groups can be shown on a chart. Males are graphed on the left hand side of the chart, while females are shown on the right hand side. The shape of the chart looks like a pyramid, hence the chart is called a population pyramid.

The shape of the pyramid can provide information about how the population is aging. Governments and agencies can use the population pyramid as a planning tool for future spending.

Refer to the Pyramid below

[[Image:]]Accessed on 19/7/2007 from http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/ipc/idbpyrs.pl?cty=VM&out=s&ymax=300&Submit.x=17&Submit.y=9

Activity
 1. What age group has the highest percentage of males?

What age group has the highest percentage of males?

2. Describe how the male and female population graphs are similar and different.

3. What does the population pyramid tell us about the population in Vietnam in 2000?

4. What are the implications, suggested by the population pyramid, on government spending in Vietnam in 2025?

 So, how is Vietnam’s population similar/different, compared to our own?

Go to http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/idb/summaries.html and find the population information for our country, or use another source for population data.

1. What age group has the highest percentage of males?

2. Describe how the male and female population graphs are similar and different.

3. What does the population pyramid tell us about the population in our country?

4. What are the implications, suggested by the population pyramid, on government spending in our country in 2025?

 Summary Table
 List at least 5 facts I have learned. What BIG ideas stand out? Where else do I see similar issues? What does this mean for me?