There are more women than men in Brussels

The last demographic barometer points out the fact that there are more women than men in the Brussels Region

What would you bet on when it comes to the ratio between men and women in the Brussels Region?

The last demographic barometer, which was released earlier this month, provides an appropriate answer. It indeed highlights the number of women vs. the number of men. You can see that there are 4% more women than men in the region. In order to make that percentage a bit clearer, you should be aware about the total population of the Brussels-Capital region: 1.199 million inhabitants.

This global data on gender ratio is not very precise, as it reveals some differences. Both in Brussels and in Belgium in 2018, when 100 girls were born, 105 boys were born. However, there are many more women than men between 20 and 34 years-old, while the number of men is higher between 35 and 54 years-old.

But the trend again differs when it comes to the population over 55 years-old. Because of the high masculine mortality, the ratio between the number of men and women is more and more unequal. For instance, on 1 January 2018, there were twice more women than men from 85 to 89 years-old.

Although the difference between the number of women and men might be surprising to you, it’s worth pointing out the fact that this difference is less and less important. Since 1989, it has decreased, as the Brussels population is younger than it was in the past.


It is also interesting to have a look at the geographical differences. Both in the city-centre and in the poor neighbourhoods in the Western part of Brussels-Capital, where the population is young, the number of men is higher than the number of women. But in the old and rich neighbourhoods (Uccle, both Woluwe, South-Ixelles etc.), the number of women is much higher than the number of men.

Here you can have a look at the report (in French).