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

MEDIAN AGE

  • At June 2016, the median age (the age at which half the population is older and half is younger) of Queensland's population was 37.0 years, up from 36.1 years at June 2006. The median age of males in 2016 was 36.3 years compared with 37.8 years for females.
  • The median age of the population in Greater Brisbane was 35.2 years at June 2016, up slightly from 35.0 at June 2006, while the median age in the rest of Queensland increased from 37.2 to 39.1 years over the same period.
  • The SA2 with the highest median age was Bribie Island (59.0 years) in the Moreton Bay region. This was followed by Cooloola (57.6) in the Wide Bay region, and Redland Islands (55.5) also in Moreton Bay.
  • The two SA2s with the lowest median ages had predominantly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. These were Northern Peninsula (22.0 years) in the far north of the state and Yarrabah (22.9) near Cairns. Other SA2s with comparatively low median ages included St Lucia (23.7) in Greater Brisbane and Douglas (24.3) in Townsville. This reflects large numbers of university students in these areas.


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

Median Age
SA2GCCSA
years

OLDEST MEDIAN AGES

Bribie IslandGreater Brisbane
59.0
CooloolaRest of Qld
57.6
Redland IslandsGreater Brisbane
55.5
Caloundra HinterlandRest of Qld.
53.8
Caloundra - Kings BeachRest of Qld
53.6

YOUNGEST MEDIAN AGES

Northern PeninsulaRest of Qld
22.0
YarrabahRest of Qld
22.9
St LuciaGreater Brisbane
23.7
Torres Strait IslandsRest of Qld
23.9
DouglasRest of Qld
24.3

(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 Magnetic Island (up 8.8 years) off the coast of Townsville and Cooloola (up 7.6 years). The largest decreases in median age were in the SA2s of Pimpama (down 11.5 years) on the Gold Coast and Macgregor (down 5.6 years) in Brisbane's outer south-east.


SEX RATIO

  • At June 2016, the sex ratio (the number of males per 100 females) in Queensland was 98.3. Females outnumbered males in both Greater Brisbane (with a sex ratio of 98.0) and the rest of Queensland (98.5).
  • The SA2 with the highest sex ratio was Wacol (238.2 males per 100 females), which contains a male prison. This was followed by Tablelands (151.7) and Glenlee - Rockyview (135.9).
  • The SA2s with the lowest sex ratios were Coombabah (85.6) on the Gold Coast and Albion (85.7), an inner north-eastern suburb of Brisbane.

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

Sex Ratio
SA2GCCSA
males per 100 females

HIGHEST SEX RATIOS

WacolGreater Brisbane
238.2
TablelandsRest of Qld
151.7
Glenlee - RockyviewRest of Qld
135.9
Broadsound - NeboRest of Qld
134.0
Mount Isa RegionRest of Qld
129.5

LOWEST SEX RATIOS

CoombabahRest of Qld
85.6
AlbionGreater Brisbane
85.7
NewtownRest of Qld
86.7
ChermsideGreater Brisbane
86.7
Sippy DownsRest of Qld
87.1

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


AGE AND SEX DISTRIBUTION

  • At June 2016, Greater Brisbane had a higher proportion of its population aged 20 to 44 years (37%) than the rest of Queensland (32%).This reflects a pattern of young adults moving to capital cities to pursue work, education and other opportunities. In contrast, Greater Brisbane had a lower proportion aged 45 years and over (36%) than the rest of the state (42%).


AGE AND SEX DISTRIBUTION (%), Queensland - 30 June 2016
Population pyramid showing proportion of population by age and sex, Queensland, 30 June 2016