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

MEDIAN AGE

  • At June 2016, the median age (the age at which half the population is older and half is younger) of the Tasmanian population was 42.0 years, the highest of all states and territories. Tasmania also had the largest increase in median age between 2006 and 2016, increasing by 3.1 years. The median age of males in 2016 was 41.0 years compared with 43.0 years for females.
  • The areas with the highest median ages in 2016 were Triabunna - Bicheno (55.5 years), Forestier - Tasman (55.1) and St Helens - Scamander (53.8), all located on Tasmania's eastern seaboard. The lowest median age was in Bridgewater - Gagebrook (31.0 years) in Greater Hobart, followed by Mowbray (31.1) in Launceston, which is close to the University of Tasmania and other educational facilities.

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

Median Age
SA2GCCSA
years

OLDEST MEDIAN AGES

Triabunna - BichenoRest of Tas
55.5
Forestier - TasmanRest of Tas
55.1
St Helens - ScamanderRest of Tas
53.8
Bruny Island - KetteringRest of Tas.
53.5
Beauty Point - BeaconsfieldRest of Tas
53.0

YOUNGEST MEDIAN AGES

Bridgewater - GagebrookGreater Hobart
31.0
MowbrayRest of Tas
31.1
RokebyGreater Hobart
31.3
Newnham - MayfieldRest of Tas
33.1
Risdon ValeGreater Hobart
34.2

(a) Excludes SA2s with a population of less than 1,000 at June 2016.
  • Beauty Point - Beaconsfield had the largest increase in median age between June 2006 and June 2016 (up 9.8 years). The SA2s of Newstead, an inner suburb of Launceston, and West Moonah in Greater Hobart recorded the largest decreases in median age over this period (both down by 1.3 years).


SEX RATIO
  • At June 2016, the sex ratio of Tasmania was 97.7 males per 100 females, up from 97.2 in 2006.
  • Risdon Vale, in Hobart's north-eastern suburbs, was the SA2 with the highest sex ratio (131.6 males per 100 females) due in part to the male population of Risdon Prison. The next highest sex ratios were in Central Highlands (115.3) and Derwent Valley (112.5).
  • The lowest sex ratios were in Newstead (85.7 males per 100 females), an inner suburb of Launceston, and Devonport (86.3) on Tasmania's north coast.

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

Sex Ratio
SA2GCCSA
males per 100 females

HIGHEST SEX RATIOS

Risdon ValeGreater Hobart
131.6
Central HighlandsRest of Tas
115.3
Derwent ValleyRest of Tas
112.5
WaratahRest of Tas
112.4
Bruny Island - KetteringRest of Tas
109.8

LOWEST SEX RATIOS

NewsteadRest of Tas
85.7
DevonportRest of Tas
86.3
South LauncestonRest of Tas
87.1
Miandetta - DonRest of Tas
88.5
NorwoodRest of Tas
88.8

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



AGE AND SEX DISTRIBUTION
  • The age distribution of Tasmania's population at June 2016 was characterised by a lower proportion of people aged 20 to 44 years (30%) than the Australian population (35%). This in part reflects a net outflow of young adults from Tasmania to pursue education and employment opportunities interstate. Tasmania also had a higher proportion of people aged 45 years and over (46%) than Australia as a whole (40%). This partly reflects a trend of adults in this age group moving into the state.

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