3235.0 - Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2016 Quality Declaration 
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28 August 2017
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Darwin: Youngest Australian capital and majority males

Darwin is both Australia's youngest capital city and has the largest proportion of males, according to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Darwin is also the only capital city with more males than females, with a ratio of 110 males per 100 females at June 2016. Darwin's median age (the age at which half the population is older and half is younger) was 33.5 years at June 2016, more than a year younger than Canberra (34.7 years), its nearest rival.

"The areas where females outnumbered males most in Australia were generally within capital cities, including Deakin (81 males per 100 females) and Page (85 males per 100 females) in Canberra, and Castle Hill - East (83 males per 100 females) in Sydney, " ABS Director of Demography Andrew Howe said.

"Many of Australia's areas with a larger proportion of males than females had strong links to the resource sector, such as East Pilbara (265 males per 100 females) and Ashburton (251), both in Western Australia,"

Of the capital cities, Hobart had the oldest population, with a median age of 39.7 years at June 2016, ahead of Adelaide (38.6 years).

Many of the areas with the oldest median ages were popular coastal retirement destinations. These included Tea Gardens - Hawks Nest (61.6 years) and Tuncurry (60.7) in New South Wales, and Bribie Island (59.0) in Queensland.

The areas with the youngest median ages in Australia often had large populations of students or military personnel, including Acton (20.9 years) and Duntroon (21.4) in Canberra.

SEX RATIOS AND MEDIAN AGES - Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSAs), 2016

Sex Ratio
Median Age(a)
males per 100 females

Greater Sydney
Greater Melbourne
Greater Brisbane
Greater Adelaide
Greater Perth
Greater Hobart
Greater Darwin
Australian Capital Territory
Total Greater Capital Cities
Total Australia

(a) The age at which half the population is older and half is younger.

Further details can be found in Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2016 (cat. no. 3235.0) available for download from the ABS website http://www.abs.gov.au.

Media Notes:
  • This is the first release of regional population estimates by age and sex using 2016 Census data. These figures are consistent with the rebased state and territory figures released in Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0) on 27 June 2017 and the SA2 totals released in Regional Population Growth, Australia (cat. no. 3218.0) on 28 July 2017.
  • Unless otherwise stated, capital cities mentioned in this release are Greater Capital City Statistical Areas and areas are Statistical Areas Level 2, as defined in the 2016 Australia Statistical Geography Standard.
  • When reporting ABS data, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS) must be attributed as the source.
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