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3235.2.55.001 - Population by Age and Sex, Victoria, Jun 2002  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/08/2003   
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Population Summary


Estimated Resident Population 2002p

Estimated Resident Population
Population Change (a)
Proportion in Age groups
(%)



2001
2002p
2001-2002
0-14
15-64
65
and over
Sex
Ratio
Median
Age

Statistical Division
Melbourne
3,471,625
3 524,103
1.5
19.1
68.5
12.4
96.7
35.3
Barwon
254,732
259,549
1.9
20.2
64.7
15.1
97.0
37.5
Western District
100,474
100,894
0.4
22.1
62.4
15.5
98.7
37.9
Central Highlands
141,536
143,179
1.2
21.2
64.8
13.9
96.6
36.5
Wimmera
51,430
51,364
-0.1
20.9
60.6
18.4
99.6
40.3
Mallee
90,351
91,170
0.9
22.6
62.3
15.1
99.7
37.2
Loddon
166,954
169,088
1.3
21.3
64.4
14.3
97.1
37.8
Goulburn
193,999
196,545
1.3
22.1
63.4
14.4
100.6
37.5
Ovens-Murray
93,214
94,264
1.1
21.8
64.5
13.7
98.5
37.3
East Gippsland
80,901
81,178
0.3
20.5
63.0
16.6
101.1
40.5
Gippsland
159,510
161,204
1.1
21.4
63.5
15.1
97.1
38.2
Victoria
4 804 726
4 872 538
1.4
19.7
67.2
13.1
97.2
36.0

(a) Annual percentage change
p preliminary estimated resident population, based on 2001 Census.


POPULATION

The estimated resident population of Victoria at June 2002 was 4.9 million, an increase of 67,800 people since June 2001. This represents an annual growth rate of 1.4%. In 2002 Victoria's population was 24.8% of the Australian total.

At June 2002 there were an estimated 3.5 million people resident in the Melbourne Statistical Division (SD), representing an increase of 52,500 people between June 2001 and June 2002. Melbourne was home to nearly three-quarters (72%) of Victoria’s population at June 2002 and accounted for 77% of Victoria's population growth between June 2001 and June 2002.


MEDIAN AGE

The median age, the age at which half the population is older and half is younger, for Victoria increased from 35.8 years in 2001 to 36.0 years in 2002. For Victorian males, the median age increased from 35.0 years in 2001 to 35.2 years in 2002 and for Victorian females, the median age increased from 36.6 years in 2001 to 36.8 years in 2002. In the same time, the Australian median age increased from 35.7 years in 2001 to 35.9 years in 2002.

The LGA with the lowest median age both in 2001 and 2002 was Melbourne with 28.9 years recorded in both years. Other LGAs with low median ages in 2002 were Melton (29.9 years), Hume (31.5 years), Wyndham (31.6 years) and Casey (31.7 years).

The LGA which recorded the highest median age both in 2001 and 2002 was Queenscliffe with 49 years and 48.6 years respectively. Other LGAs (excluding Unincorporated Victoria) recording high median ages in 2002 were Strathbogie (45.3 years), Bass Coast (44.0 years), Buloke (43.8 years) and Loddon (43.4 years).


AGE DISTRIBUTION

Figure 1 : POPULATION IN AGE GROUPS, Victoria - 2001 and 2002
Graph: Population in age groups, Victoria - 2001 and 2002


Figure 2 : PERCENTAGE OF POPULATION IN AGE GROUPS, Victoria - 2001 and 2002
Graph: Percentage of population in age groups, Victoria - 2001 and 2002
(a) Males in each age group as a percentage of the Victorian population in 2001 and 2002.
(b) Females in each age group as a percentage of the Victorian population in 2001 and 2002.


Children (persons aged 0-14 years)

Children represented 19.7% of the Victorian population at June 2002, a decrease from the 2001 proportion of 20.0%. A declining proportion of children was experienced nationally, with children representing 20.3% of the Australian population in 2002, compared to 20.5% in 2001.

The LGAs with the highest proportion of children in 2002 were Casey 25.6%) and Hume (25.3%). Casey and Hume also recorded the highest proportion of children in 2001 with 26.0% and 25.7% respectively. In 2002 the following LGAs also recorded a high proportion of children: Melton (25.1%), Mitchell (24.9%), Cardinia (24.8%), Wyndham (24.8%), Moorabool (24.3%), and Nillumbik (24.0%).

The LGA with the lowest proportions of children at June 2002 was Melbourne (8.3%), which also recorded the lowest proportion of children in 2001 (8.2%). In 2002 this was followed by the LGAs (excluding Unincorporated Victoria) by Port Phillip (10.3%), Yarra (11.5%), Stonnington (13.2%), and Monash (15.4%).

Persons aged 15-64 years

Persons aged 15-64 years accounted for 67.2% of the Victorian population in 2002 compared to 67.0% in 2001. In both 2001 and 2002, the proportion of persons aged 15-64 in Victoria, was slightly higher than the national averages of 66.9% in 2001 and 67.1% in 2002.

The highest proportions of persons aged 15-64 years in 2002 were in the LGAs of Melbourne (83.8%), Yarra (78.7%) and Port Phillip (78.5%), as was the case in 2001, when the proportions were 83.7%, 78.6% and 78.4% respectively. In 2002 these LGAs (excluding Unincorporated Victoria) were followed by Stonnington (72.9%), Melton (70.1%) and Nillumbik (70.1%).

In 2002, the lowest proportion of persons aged 15-64 years were recorded in the LGAs of Queenscliffe (54.1%), Yarriambiack (57.3%) and Hindmarsh (57.5%). In 2001, Queenscliffe, Yarriambiack and Hindmarsh also recorded the lowest proportions of persons aged 15-64 years (53.5%, 56.8% and 58.0% respectively). In 2002 other LGAs which recorded lower proportions of 15-64 year olds were, Bass Coast (59.6%), Buloke (59.7%) and West Wimmera (60.0%).

Persons aged 65 years and over

Persons aged 65 years and over accounted for 13.1% of the Victorian population in 2002, representing more of the population than in 2001 (13.0%) and a higher proportion of the population compared to the 2002 and 2001 national proportions of 12.7% and 12.5% respectively.

The LGAs with the highest proportions of persons aged 65 years and over in 2002 were Queenscliffe (29.9%), Hindmarsh (22.4%) and Yarriambiack (22.2%). In 2001, the LGAs with the highest proportions of persons aged 65 years and over were Queenscliffe (30.5%), Bass Coast (22.2%), and Hindmarsh (21.8%). In 2002 LGAs which also recorded higher proportions of persons aged 65 years and over were, Bass Coast (22.1%), Buloke (20.8%), Strathbogie (20.8%) and Central Goldfields (20.1%).

In 2002, the LGAs with the lowest proportions of persons aged 65 years and over were Melton (4.8%), Nillumbik (6.0%) and Wyndham (6.5%). These LGAs also had the lowest proportions of persons aged 65 years and over in 2001, with respective proportions of 5.0%, 5.8% and 6.4%. In 2002 these three LGAs were followed by Casey (7.0%), Hume (7.1%), Melbourne (7.8%), Golden Plains (8.3%) and Whittlesea (8.3%).

Sex Ratio

The sex ratio is the number of males per one hundred females. A sex ratio less than 100 indicates that there are less males than females. The sex ratio for Victoria in 2002 was 97.2, compared to 96.7 in 2001. As shown by figure 2, in both 2002 and 2001, there were more males to females aged 0 to 24 years, more females to males aged 25 to 54 years and a lower proportion of males to females after 60 years. The lower sex ratio after 60 years reflects the longer life expectancy of females. There is very little change between 2001 and 2002 in the sex ratio across the age groups.

Figure 3: SEX RATIO, Victoria - 2001 and 2002

Graph: SEX RATIO, Victoria - 2001 and 2002



The highest sex ratios for 2002 and 2001 was recorded in the LGA of Pyrenees as 110.2 for both years (excluding Unincorporated Victoria). In 2002 other LGAs which recorded a high sex ratio were West Wimmera (107.4), Loddon (107.2), Golden Plains (105.8), Buloke (104.9), Ararat (104.4) and Melbourne (104.1).

Among the LGAs, the lowest sex ratio for 2002 and 2001 was recorded in Queenscliffe as 87.3 and 86.9 respectively. In 2002 other LGAs which recorded a low sex ratio were Bayside (90.7), Boroondara (90.9), Whitehorse (91.8), Stonnington (92.6), Ballarat (93.5), Glen Eira (93.6) and Warrnambool (93.9).

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