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3235.0 - Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration 
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VICTORIA


Total population

Age and sex distribution

Median age

Children (under 15 years of age)

Working age population (aged 15-64 years)

People aged 65 years and over

Sex ratio


TOTAL POPULATION

The estimated resident population of Victoria at 30 June 2009 was 5.44 million people, increasing by 461,800 people (9.3%, or 1.8% per year on average) since 30 June 2004.

The Melbourne Statistical Division (SD) was home to about three-quarters (73.4%, or 4.00 million people) of Victoria's population in June 2009. In the five years to June 2009, the population in the Melbourne SD increased by 369,500 (10.2%) and in regional Victoria by 92,200 (6.8%).


AGE AND SEX DISTRIBUTION

Like most of the states in Australia, the age distributions of the capital city SD and the remainder of the state differed the most for people aged 20 to 39 years. This difference was most notable for the 25 to 29 year age group, where males and females each made up 2.8% of the population of regional Victoria, compared with 4.1% and 4.0 % respectively of the population of the Melbourne SD.

At 30 June 2009, people aged 45 years and over accounted for a higher proportion of people living in regional Victoria (43.1%) than in the Melbourne SD (36.4%). In contrast, those aged 20 to 44 years had a much higher representation in the Melbourne SD (38.9%) than in regional Victoria (30.3%).

AGE AND SEX DISTRIBUTION (%), Victoria - 30 June 2009
Diagram: AGE AND SEX DISTRIBUTION (%), Victoria—30 June 2009


MEDIAN AGE

At 30 June 2009, the median age (the age at which half the population is older and half is younger) of Victorian residents was 36.9 years - 35.9 years for males and 37.8 years for females.

The Local Government Areas (LGAs) with the highest median ages in June 2009 were Queenscliffe (B) (54.0 years), Strathbogie (S) (48.3) and Yarriambiack (48.0), all in regional Victoria.

The LGA with the lowest median age was Melbourne (C) (27.7 years), followed by Melton (S) (31.6) and Wyndham (C) (31.8) which are located on Melbourne's growth fringes.

The median ages for all LGAs in regional Victoria have increased since June 2004. The largest increases were in the LGAs of Yarriambiack (S) (3.8 years), Murrindindi (S) (3.5) and Queenscliffe (B) (3.3).

The median age for Melbourne (C) was 0.8 years lower in June 2009 than it was five years earlier.

CHILDREN (UNDER 15 YEARS OF AGE)

Children under 15 years of age comprised 18.5% of the Victorian population in June 2009. There was a higher proportion of children in regional Victoria (19.4%) than in the Melbourne SD (18.2%). The LGA of Melton (S) had the highest proportion of children (24.1%), followed by Wyndham (C) (23.9%) and Cardinia (S) (23.7%), all on Melbourne's growth fringe. Within regional Victoria, the LGA of Golden Plains (S) had the highest proportion of children (23.2%).

POPULATION AGED LESS THAN 15 YEARS, Statistical Local Areas, Victoria - 30 June 2009
Diagram: POPULATION AGED LESS THAN 15 YEARS, Statistical Local Areas, Victoria—30 June 2009


WORKING AGE POPULATION (AGED 15-64 YEARS)

People of working age (15 to 64 years) represented about two-thirds (68.0%) of the Victorian population in June 2009. The proportion was higher in the Melbourne SD (69.2%) than in regional Victoria (64.5%).

The four LGAs with the highest proportions of people of working age were Melbourne (C) (88.3%), Port Phillip (C) (79.8%), Yarra (C) (79.3%) and Stonnington (C) (73.1%), all in the Melbourne SD.

PEOPLE AGED 65 YEARS AND OVER

People aged 65 years and over accounted for 13.6% of the Victorian population in June 2009. There was a lower proportion of older people in the Melbourne SD (12.6%) than in regional Victoria (16.2%).

Queenscliffe (B) (32.4%) on the coast south of Geelong was the LGA with the highest proportion of its population aged 65 years and over, followed by the North Wimmera LGAs of Hindmarsh (S) (24.9%) and Yarriambiack (S) (24.4%).

SEX RATIO

The sex ratio for Victoria was 98.4 in June 2009, indicating there were 98.4 males for every 100 females. However, in the Melbourne (C) LGA and many parts of regional Victoria there were more males than females.

In the Melbourne SD, the highest sex ratios were found in the LGAs of Melbourne (C) (105.3) and Maribyrnong (C) (105.0). In regional Victoria, the LGAs with the highest sex ratios were Murrindindi (S) (107.3), Pyrenees (S) (106.4), Golden Plains (105.9) and Loddon (104.7). The LGAs with the lowest sex ratios included Bayside (C) (92.4), Whitehorse (C) (93.5) and Boroondara (C) (95.0) in the Melbourne SD, and Queenscliffe (B) (85.9), Ballarat (C) (94.2) and Warnambool (C) (94.9) in regional Victoria.

MALES PER 100 FEMALES, Statistical Local Areas, Victoria - 30 June 2009
Diagram: MALES PER 100 FEMALES, Statistical Local Areas, Victoria—30 June 2009


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