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

Median age

At June 2018, the median age (the age at which half the population is older and half is younger) of the Tasmanian population was 42.3 years, the highest of all states and territories.

In the five years to June 2018, the median age increased from 39.3 to 39.7 years in Greater Hobart, and from 42.5 to 44.3 years in the rest of Tasmania.

The Statistical Areas Level 2 (SA2s) with the highest median ages in 2018 were:

  • Forestier - Tasman (56.4 years), Triabunna - Bicheno (56.1) and St Helens - Scamander (55.3), all located on Tasmania's eastern seaboard

The areas with the lowest median ages were:
  • Mowbray (31.3 years) in Launceston, which is close to the University of Tasmania and other educational facilities
  • Bridgewater - Gagebrook (31.9) and Rokeby (32.4), both in Greater Hobart

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

Median Age
SA2SA3
years

OLDEST MEDIAN AGES

Forestier - TasmanSouth East Coast
56.4
Triabunna - BichenoSouth East Coast
56.1
St Helens - ScamanderNorth East
55.3
Beauty Point - BeaconsfieldMeander Valley - West Tamar
54.4
Bruny Island - KetteringHuon - Bruny Island
54.0

YOUNGEST MEDIAN AGES

MowbrayLaunceston
31.3
Bridgewater - GagebrookBrighton
31.9
RokebyHobart - North East
32.4
Newnham - MayfieldLaunceston
33.4
Mount Nelson - DynnyrneHobart Inner
34.6

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


Sex ratio

At June 2018, the sex ratio of Tasmania was 98.0 males per 100 females, down from 98.9 at June 2013. The sex ratio was higher in Greater Hobart (99.1) than in the rest of Tasmania (97.2) in 2018.

The SA2s with the highest sex ratios in Tasmania were:
  • Risdon Vale (130.2 males per 100 females) in Hobart's north-eastern suburbs, due in part to the male population of Risdon Prison
  • Central Highlands (115.6) and Waratah (113.9) in regional Tasmania

The areas with the lowest sex ratios were:
  • Newstead (86.8) and Norwood (87.7), both inner suburbs of Launceston
  • Devonport (87.9) and Miandetta - Don (88.4), both on Tasmania's north coast

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

Sex Ratio
SA2SA3
males per 100 females

HIGHEST SEX RATIOS

Risdon ValeHobart - North East
130.2
Central HighlandsCentral Highlands
115.6
WaratahWest Coast
113.9
Derwent ValleyCentral Highlands
112.9
Quoiba - SpreytonDevonport
112.6

LOWEST SEX RATIOS

NewsteadLaunceston
86.8
NorwoodLaunceston
87.7
DevonportDevonport
87.9
Miandetta - DonDevonport
88.4
Prospect Vale - BlackstoneLaunceston
88.5

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


Age and sex distribution

The age distribution of Tasmania's population in 2018 was characterised by a lower proportion of people aged 20 to 44 years (29%) than for Australia (35%). This in part reflects a net outflow of young adults from Tasmania to pursue education and employment opportunities interstate.

Tasmania also had a higher proportion of people aged 45 years and over (47%) than Australia as a whole (40%). This partly reflects a trend of adults in this age group moving into the state.


AGE AND SEX DISTRIBUTION (%), Tasmania and Australia - 30 June 2018

Population pyramid showing proportion of population by age and sex in Tasmania and Australia, 30 June 2018