3235.0 - Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2016 Quality Declaration 
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VICTORIA

MEDIAN AGE

  • At June 2016, the median age (the age at which half the population is older and half is younger) of the Victorian population was 36.9 years, up slightly from 36.8 at June 2006. The median age of males in 2016 was 36.0 years compared with 37.8 years for females.
  • In the ten years to 2016, the median age in Greater Melbourne decreased from 36.0 to 35.7 years, but increased from 39.6 to 42.2 years in the rest of Victoria.
  • In 2016, the SA2s with the highest median ages were Point Lonsdale - Queenscliff (58.3 years), Paynesville (57.9) and Portarlington (56.9), all popular retirement areas on/near the coast in regional Victoria. The five SA2s with the lowest median ages were all in Greater Melbourne. These included Carlton (24.9 years) and Parkville (26.0), which are adjacent to the University of Melbourne, Clayton (26.0), which contains the main Monash University campus, and inner-city Melbourne (26.3).

SA2s WITH OLDEST AND YOUNGEST MEDIAN AGES(a), Victoria, 2016

Median Age
SA2GCCSA
years

OLDEST MEDIAN AGES

Point Lonsdale - QueenscliffRest of Vic.
58.3
PaynesvilleRest of Vic.
57.9
PortarlingtonRest of Vic.
56.9
EuroaRest of Vic.
53.2
OrbostRest of Vic.
53.0

YOUNGEST MEDIAN AGES

CarltonGreater Melbourne
24.9
ClaytonGreater Melbourne
26.0
ParkvilleGreater Melbourne
26.0
MelbourneGreater Melbourne
26.3
KingsburyGreater Melbourne
28.5

(a) Excludes SA2s with a population of less than 1,000 at June 2016.

  • In the ten years to 2016, the largest increases in median age were in the SA2s of Orbost (up 8.8 years) in the East Gippsland region and Point Lonsdale - Queenscliff (up 7.2 years). The largest decrease in median age was in Burwood (down 7.9 years) in Greater Melbourne.


SEX RATIO
  • In June 2016, the sex ratio (the numbers of males per 100 females) for Victoria was 97.9. The sex ratio was slightly lower in Greater Melbourne (97.7) than in the rest of Victoria (98.3).
  • The SA2s with the highest sex ratios were Rosedale (148.6 males per 100 females) and Rockbank - Mount Cottrell (141.1), both of which contain large male prisons. Many SA2s in rural Victoria had high sex ratios, partly reflecting a male-dominated workforce in agriculture. Of these, the highest sex ratios were in Beaufort (123.8) and Seymour Region (123.1).
  • The SA2s with the lowest sex ratios were the inner areas of Melbourne, including Armadale (86.2 males per 100 females), Toorak (87.0), Carlton (87.3) and Fitzroy North (87.7).

SA2s WITH HIGHEST AND LOWEST SEX RATIOS(a), Victoria, 2016

Sex Ratio
SA2GCCSA
males per 100 females

HIGHEST SEX RATIOS

RosedaleRest of Vic.
148.6
Rockbank - Mount CottrellGreater Melbourne
141.1
BeaufortRest of Vic.
123.8
Seymour RegionRest of Vic.
123.1
AraratRest of Vic.
118.8

LOWEST SEX RATIOS

ArmadaleGreater Melbourne
86.2
ToorakGreater Melbourne
87.0
CarltonGreater Melbourne
87.3
Fitzroy NorthGreater Melbourne
87.7
South Yarra - WestGreater Melbourne
88.7

(a) Excludes SA2s with a population of less than 1,000 at June 2016.


AGE AND SEX DISTRIBUTION
  • Greater Melbourne had a higher proportion of its population aged 20 to 44 years (39%) at June 2016 than the rest of Victoria (29%), and a lower proportion aged 50 years and over (30% compared with 40% in the rest of Victoria). The higher proportion of younger adults in Greater Melbourne is consistent with their tendency to migrate out of regional areas to pursue work, education and other opportunities in the capital city.


AGE AND SEX DISTRIBUTION (%), Victoria - 30 June 2016

Population pyramid showing proportion of population by age and sex, Victoria, 30 June 2016