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

MEDIAN AGE

  • At June 2016, South Australia (SA) had a median age (the age at which half the population is older and half is younger) of 39.8 years. This was the second highest of all states and territories, behind Tasmania at 42.0 years. The median age of males in 2016 was 38.8 years compared with 40.9 years for females.
  • The median age in Greater Adelaide (38.6 years) was around 5 years less than for the rest of the state (44.3).
  • The SA2s with the highest median ages in 2016 were popular retirement destinations on the Fleurieu and Yorke Peninsulas. The coastal SA2s of Goolwa - Port Elliot and Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula had the highest median ages of 57.6 and 57.2 years respectively. On the Yorke Peninsula, SA2s with the highest median ages were Yorke Peninsula - South (55.5 years), Yorke Peninsula - North (54.4) and Moonta (54.3).
  • The APY Lands in the northern part of SA had the lowest median age of all SA2s in the state, at 27.4 years. This was followed by Munno Para West - Angle Vale (28.0) and Davoren Park (28.5) on the northern fringe of Greater Adelaide, and inner-city Adelaide (29.3).

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

Median Age
SA2GCCSA
years

OLDEST MEDIAN AGES

Goolwa - Port ElliotRest of SA
57.6
Victor HarborRest of SA
57.2
Yorke Peninsula - SouthRest of SA
55.5
Yorke Peninsula - NorthRest of SA
54.4
MoontaRest of SA
54.3

YOUNGEST MEDIAN AGES

APY LandsRest of SA
27.4
Munno Para West - Angle ValeGreater Adelaide
28.0
Davoren ParkGreater Adelaide
28.5
AdelaideGreater Adelaide
29.3
Roxby DownsRest of SA
30.4

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

  • In the ten years to 2016, the SA2s with the largest increase in median age were Quorn - Lake Gilles (up 7.8 years) in the Flinders Ranges and Goolwa - Port Elliot (up 7.3 years). The largest decrease in median age over this period was in Munno Para West - Angle Vale (down 4.4 years).


SEX RATIO
  • At June 2016, the sex ratio (the number of males per 100 females) in SA was 97.9. Along with Victoria, this was the second lowest sex ratio of all states and territories, behind Tasmania (97.7).
  • Greater Adelaide had more females than males (with a sex ratio of 96.9) while in the rest of SA there were more males than females (101.2).
  • The SA2 with the highest sex ratio in SA was Outback (165.2 males per 100 females), followed by the mining town of Roxby Downs (133.1) and Grant (131.3), which surrounds Mount Gambier.
  • The SA2s with the lowest sex ratios in 2016 were Toorak Gardens and Payneham - Felixstow (both 88.4 males per 100 females) in Adelaide's east.

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

Sex Ratio
SA2GCCSA
males per 100 females

HIGHEST SEX RATIOS

OutbackRest of SA
165.2
Roxby DownsRest of SA
133.1
GrantRest of SA
131.3
Murray Bridge RegionRest of SA
116.9
Coober PedyRest of SA
114.2

LOWEST SEX RATIOS

Toorak GardensGreater Adelaide
88.4
Payneham - FelixstowGreater Adelaide
88.4
Victor HarborRest of SA
89.1
Unley - ParksideGreater Adelaide
89.4
WarradaleGreater Adelaide
89.4

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


AGE AND SEX DISTRIBUTION
  • The age distribution of the population in Greater Adelaide varies most from the rest of the state for the young adult population. Greater Adelaide had a higher proportion of its population aged 20 to 39 years at June 2016 (28%) as compared to the rest of the state (21%). This is indicative of young adults moving to the capital city for employment or education purposes.

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

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