3235.0 - Regional Population by Age and Sex, Australia, 2018 Quality Declaration 
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New South Wales

Median age

At June 2018 the median age (the age at which half the population is older and half is younger) of the New South Wales (NSW) population was 37.5 years, down from 37.8 at June 2013.

In the five years to June 2018, the median age decreased slightly from 36.0 to 35.8 years in Greater Sydney, and increased from 41.5 to 42.1 years in the rest of NSW.

Many of the Statistical Areas Level 2 (SA2s) with the highest median ages in 2018 were located in regional areas on or near the coast, including:

  • Tea Gardens - Hawks Nest (62.7 years) near Port Stephens
  • Tuncurry (61.1) on the Mid North Coast
  • Sussex Inlet - Berrara (59.2) on the south coast

The areas with the lowest median ages contained or were located near higher education campuses, including:
  • Kensington (25.8 years) which contains the University of NSW, and neighbouring Kingsford (26.5)
  • Areas in major regional centres such as Shortland - Jesmond (25.8) in Newcastle, Wagga Wagga - North (28.5) and Tamworth - West (29.7)

SA2s WITH OLDEST AND YOUNGEST MEDIAN AGES(a), New South Wales, 2018

Median Age
SA2SA4
years

OLDEST MEDIAN AGES

Tea Gardens - Hawks NestHunter Valley exc Newcastle
62.7
TuncurryMid North Coast
61.1
Sussex Inlet - BerraraSouthern Highlands and Shoalhaven
59.2
Narooma - BermaguiCapital Region
58.0
South West RocksMid North Coast
57.1

YOUNGEST MEDIAN AGES

KensingtonSydney - Eastern Suburbs
25.8
Shortland - JesmondNewcastle and Lake Macquarie
25.8
KingsfordSydney - Eastern Suburbs
26.5
Wagga Wagga - NorthRiverina
28.5
Tamworth - WestNew England and North West
29.7

(a) Excludes SA2s with less than 1,000 people.


Sex ratio

At June 2018, there were 98.5 males for every 100 females in NSW. The sex ratio was higher in Greater Sydney (98.9) than in the rest of NSW (97.8).

The SA2s with the highest sex ratios in NSW were:
  • Auburn - North in western Sydney (141.4 males per 100 females)
  • Junee (136.7) which contains the Junee Correctional Centre
  • Surry Hills (132.4), Darlinghurst (132.0), and Potts Point - Woolloomooloo (129.9), all in inner Sydney

The areas with the lowest sex ratios were:
  • Woollahra (82.4) in Sydney's east
  • Castle Hill - East (84.7) in Sydney's north-west

SA2s WITH HIGHEST AND LOWEST SEX RATIOS(a), New South Wales, 2018

Sex Ratio
SA2SA4
males per 100 females

HIGHEST SEX RATIOS

Auburn - NorthSydney - Parramatta
141.4
JuneeRiverina
136.7
Surry HillsSydney - City and Inner South
132.4
DarlinghurstSydney - City and Inner South
132.0
Potts Point - WoolloomoolooSydney - City and Inner South
129.9

LOWEST SEX RATIOS

WoollahraSydney - Eastern Suburbs
82.4
Castle Hill - EastSydney - Baulkham Hills and Hawkesbury
84.7
BowralSouthern Highlands and Shoalhaven
86.2
Coffs Harbour - SouthCoffs Harbour - Grafton
86.4
Rose Bay - Vaucluse - Watsons BaySydney - Eastern Suburbs
86.7

(a) Excludes SA2s with less than 1,000 people.


Age and sex distribution

Greater Sydney had a younger age distribution than the rest of NSW at June 2018.

People aged 20 to 39 years made up 32% of Greater Sydney's population, compared with 23% in the rest of the state.

Conversely, 19% of the population in Greater Sydney were aged 60 years or over, compared with 27% in the rest of NSW.


AGE AND SEX DISTRIBUTION (%), New South Wales - 30 June 2018

Population pyramid showing proportion of population by age and sex in Greater Sydney and rest of NSW, 30 June 2018