1304.5 - Stats Talk WA, Sep 2010  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/09/2010   
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Sizzling Statistics

Getting Older?
Life expectancy of a child born in WA between 2006 and 2008 was estimated to be 79.3 years for boys and 84.0 for girls - three years higher than a decade ago. Western Australian Statistical Indicators. (cat. no. 1367.5)

Getting Married?
In the ten years to 2008, the median age at first marriage in WA increased to 29.9 years for males and 27.8 years for females. Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2008. (cat. no. 3310.0)

Get out of Town Girls!
Across WA the sex ratio in June 2009 was 102.8 males for every 100 females. The highest ratio was in the Pilbara statistical district (129.2) and the lowest was in the Perth statistical district (100.9). Western Australian Statistical Indicators. (cat. no. 1367.5)

Getting Smarter?
In 2009, 62% of people aged 25-64 years in WA had obtained a non-school educational qualification, increasing from 59% in 2008. Of these nearly 25% had obtained a Bachelor degree or higher. Australian Social Trends (cat. no. 4102.0)

Get Healthier
Cancer, ischaemic heart disease and stroke continue to be the main causes of death. Together, these account for more than half (53%) of all deaths in WA in 2008. Causes of Death (cat. no. 3303.0)

Get a Hug
World Statistics Day is on 20 October 2010. This is your chance to reflect upon the value that statistics have in our lives and maybe hug a statistician or two.