P.E.I.'s population is aging rapidly, but compared to other parts of Atlantic Canada the number of older citizens is balanced by the number of younger ones.

Population aged 0-14 years (%)
Canada 16.1
P.E.I. 15.8
N.B. 14.7
N.L. 14.5
N.S. 14.3

The median average age of Prince Edward Islanders is up almost a full year since 2011, according to a report released Monday by Statistics Canada. On July 1, 2013 it was estimated at 43.1 years.

Much of that increase came from Islanders who had passed their 65th birthday. In 2011, 15.8 per cent of Islanders were 65 or older, and by 2013 that had increased to 17.3 per cent, well above the national average of 15.3 per cent.

P.E.I. looks considerably younger, however, when looking at the population of people aged under 15. That percentage has remained relatively steady over the last three years. At 15.8 per cent it is close to the national average, and a full percentage point higher than any of the other Atlantic provinces.

Demographic trends on P.E.I.
Aged 0-14 Aged 65+ Median age
2013 15.8% 17.3% 43.1
2012 15.7% 16.4% 42.6
2011 16.1% 15.8% 42.2