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

Median age

At June 2018 the median age (the age at which half the population is older and half is younger) of Queensland's population was 37.3 years, up from 36.7 years at June 2013.

In the five years to June 2018, the median age of the population in Greater Brisbane increased from 35.0 to 35.4 years. The median age in the rest of Queensland increased from 38.4 to 39.4 years over the same period.

The Statistical Areas Level 2 (SA2s) with the highest median ages in 2018 were located on the coast, including:

  • Bribie Island (60.0 years) in the Moreton Bay region
  • Cooloola (59.5) in the Wide Bay region
  • Redland Islands (56.9) in Brisbane's east

The SA2s with the lowest median ages were:
  • Yarrabah (22.8 years) near Cairns and Northern Peninsula (23.2) in the far north of the state, which both had predominantly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • St Lucia (24.2) in Greater Brisbane and Douglas (24.8) in Townsville, reflecting the large numbers of university students in these areas

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

Median Age
SA2SA4
years

OLDEST MEDIAN AGES

Bribie IslandMoreton Bay - North
60.0
CooloolaWide Bay
59.5
Redland IslandsBrisbane - East
56.9
Magnetic IslandTownsville
55.7
Caloundra - Kings BeachSunshine Coast
54.9

YOUNGEST MEDIAN AGES

YarrabahCairns
22.8
Northern PeninsulaQueensland - Outback
23.2
St LuciaBrisbane - West
24.2
DouglasTownsville
24.8
Torres Strait IslandsQueensland - Outback
25.3

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


Sex ratio

At June 2018, the sex ratio (the number of males per 100 females) in Queensland was 98.0. Females outnumbered males in both Greater Brisbane (with a sex ratio of 97.8) and the rest of Queensland (98.2).

The SA2s with the highest sex ratios were:
  • Wacol (241.0 males per 100 females), which contains a male prison
  • Tablelands (151.2) in the state's far north
  • Broadsound - Nebo (134.3) in the Bowen Basin region

The areas with the lowest sex ratios were:
  • Millbank - Avoca (85.1), a suburb of Bundaberg
  • Newtown (86.5), a suburb of Toowoomba

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

Sex Ratio
SA2SA4
males per 100 females

HIGHEST SEX RATIOS

WacolIpswich
241.0
TablelandsQueensland - Outback
151.2
Broadsound - NeboMackay - Isaac - Whitsunday
134.3
Glenlee - RockyviewCentral Queensland
132.2
Mount Isa RegionQueensland - Outback
127.9

LOWEST SEX RATIOS

Millbank - AvocaWide Bay
85.1
NewtownToowoomba
86.5
ChermsideBrisbane - North
86.9
CoombabahGold Coast
87.0
Buderim - NorthSunshine Coast
87.3

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


Age and sex distribution

Greater Brisbane had a higher proportion of its population aged 20 to 44 years (37%) than the rest of Queensland (31%) in 2018. This reflects a pattern of young adults moving to capital cities to pursue work, education and other opportunities.

In contrast, Greater Brisbane had a lower proportion aged 45 years and over (37%) than the rest of the state (43%).


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

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