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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 between 20 and 39 years. In particular, in the 25-29 year age group, males and females each made up 2.7% of the population of the remainder of the state, compared with 4.0% and 3.9% (respectively) of the Melbourne SD population.
At 30 June 2008, the median age (the age at which half the population is older and half is younger) of Victorian residents was 37.0 years - 36.1 years for males and 37.8 years for females.
Melbourne SD had the lowest median age (36.1 years) of all Victorian SDs. The highest median ages occurred in East Gippsland (43.2) and Wimmera (43.1).
The Local Government Areas (LGAs) with the highest median ages in June 2008 were Queenscliffe (B) (53.6 years), Strathbogie (S) (47.9) and Yarriambiack (S) (47.3), all in regional Victoria.
The LGAs with the lowest median ages in June 2008 were Melbourne (C) (28.0 years), followed by Melton (S) (31.5) and Wyndham (C) (32.1) which lie on Melbourne's growth fringes.
The median ages for all LGAs in regional Victoria have increased since June 2003. The largest increases were in the LGAs of Yarriambiack (S) (3.8 years), Queenscliffe (B) (3.7 years) and Alpine (S) (3.4 years).
The median age for Melbourne (C) was 0.7 years lower in June 2008 than it was 5 years earlier.
CHILDREN (UNDER 15 YEARS OF AGE)
Children aged 0-14 years comprised 18.8% of the Victorian population in June 2008. There was a higher proportion of children in regional Victoria (19.7%) than in Melbourne SD (18.4%). The LGA of Melton (C) had the highest proportion of children aged 0-14 years (24.4%). Other LGAs on Melbourne's fringe also had high proportions. Within regional Victoria, the LGA of Golden Plains (S) had the highest proportion of children (23.5%).
WORKING AGE POPULATION (AGED 15-64 YEARS)
People of working age (15-64 years) represented about two-thirds (67.7%) of the Victorian population in June 2008. The proportion was higher in Melbourne SD (69.0%) than in regional Victoria (64.3%).
The four LGAs with the highest proportions of working age people were all in inner Melbourne: Melbourne (C) (87.9%), Port Phillip (C) (79.7%), Yarra (C) (79.3%) and Stonnington (C) (72.9%).
PEOPLE AGED 65 YEARS AND OVER
People aged 65 years and over accounted for 13.5% of the Victorian population in June 2008. There was a lower proportion of older people in Melbourne SD (12.6%) than in regional Victoria (16.0%).
Queenscliffe (B) (31.8%) on the coast south of Geelong was the LGA with the highest percentage of its population aged 65 years and over, followed by the north Wimmera LGAs of Hindmarsh (S) (24.6%) and Yarriambiack (S) (24.0%).
The sex ratio for Victoria was 98.1 in June 2008, indicating there were 98.1 males for every 100 females. However, in the Melbourne (C) LGA and many parts of regional Victoria there were more males than females.
The sex ratio for the Melbourne (C) was 104.5. In regional Victoria the LGAs with the highest sex ratios in June 2008 were Pyrenees (S) (107.0), Murrindindi (S) (106.4), Golden Plains (S) (105.5) and Loddon (S) (104.8).
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