3235.0 - Regional Population by Age and Sex, Australia, 2018 Quality Declaration 
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Victoria

Median age

At June 2018 the median age (the age at which half the population is older and half is younger) of the Victorian population was 36.7 years, down from 37.2 at June 2013.

In the five years to June 2018, the median age in Greater Melbourne decreased from 36.0 to 35.6 years, and increased in the rest of Victoria from 41.5 to 42.3 years.

The Statistical Areas Level 2 (SA2s) with the highest median ages in 2018 were popular retirement areas along the coast, including:

  • Point Lonsdale - Queenscliff (58.8 years) and neighbouring Portarlington (58.1), both in Geelong
  • Paynesville (58.6), Orbost (54.5) and Lakes Entrance (53.8) in the Gippsland region

The five areas with the lowest median ages were all in Greater Melbourne, including:
  • Carlton (24.6 years) and Parkville (26.4), which are adjacent to the University of Melbourne
  • Clayton (25.0) which contains the main Monash University campus

SA2s WITH OLDEST AND YOUNGEST MEDIAN AGES(a), Victoria, 2018

Median Age
SA2SA4
years

OLDEST MEDIAN AGES

Point Lonsdale - QueenscliffGeelong
58.8
PaynesvilleLatrobe - Gippsland
58.6
PortarlingtonGeelong
58.1
OrbostLatrobe - Gippsland
54.5
Lakes EntranceLatrobe - Gippsland
53.8

YOUNGEST MEDIAN AGES

CarltonMelbourne - Inner
24.6
ClaytonMelbourne - South East
25.0
ParkvilleMelbourne - Inner
26.4
MelbourneMelbourne - Inner
26.4
BurwoodMelbourne - Inner East
27.6

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


Sex ratio

In June 2018, the sex ratio (the numbers of males per 100 females) for Victoria was 98.0. The sex ratio was slightly lower in Greater Melbourne (97.9) than in the rest of Victoria (98.2).

The SA2s with the highest sex ratios in Victoria were:
  • Rockbank - Mount Cottrell (158.0 males per 100 females) and Rosedale (143.7), both of which contain large male prisons
  • Beaufort (124.9) and Ararat (117.9), both in rural Victoria

The SA2s with the lowest sex ratios were:
  • Mornington (87.9 males per 100 females) and Point Lonsdale - Queenscliff (88.4) on the coast
  • The inner-city areas of South Yarra - West (88.0), Carlton (88.0) and Balwyn (88.4)

SA2s WITH HIGHEST AND LOWEST SEX RATIOS(a), Victoria, 2018

Sex Ratio
SA2SA4
males per 100 females

HIGHEST SEX RATIOS

Rockbank - Mount CottrellMelbourne - West
158.0
RosedaleLatrobe - Gippsland
143.7
BeaufortBallarat
124.9
AraratNorth West
117.9
DandenongMelbourne - South East
115.5

LOWEST SEX RATIOS

MorningtonMornington Peninsula
87.9
South Yarra - WestMelbourne - Inner
88.0
CarltonMelbourne - Inner
88.0
BalwynMelbourne - Inner East
88.4
Point Lonsdale - QueenscliffGeelong
88.4

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


Age and sex distribution

Greater Melbourne had a younger age distribution than the rest of Victoria in 2018. This is consistent with the tendency of younger adults to migrate out of regional areas to pursue work, education and other opportunities in the capital city.

People aged 20 to 44 years made up 39% of the population in Greater Melbourne, compared with 29% in the rest of the state.

There was a lower proportion of people aged 50 years and over in Greater Melbourne (30%) than in the rest of Victoria (40%).


AGE AND SEX DISTRIBUTION (%), Victoria - 30 June 2018

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