3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2012 Quality Declaration 
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30 August 2013
Embargoed: 11.30 am Canberra Time

Biggest electorate? Oldest electorate? New figures from ABS

New population figures have been released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and include the latest population estimates for the current Commonwealth Electoral Divisions.

"Fraser - in Canberra's north - is Australia's most populous electorate, with just over 202,000 residents", said ABS Director of Demography, Bjorn Jarvis, "and the smallest is Franklin - right at the bottom of Tasmania - with around 101,000 people".

As well as the total number of people living in each of the 150 electorates across Australia, today's release also contains information on the age and sex of people in each of these areas.

"The four electorates with the oldest population were all on the New South Wales coast, and the very oldest was Lyne, which stretches from Hallidays Point to Crescent Head" said Mr Jarvis.

"With a median population age of 47 at June 2012, Lyne beats the neighbouring electorate of Cowper, 45 years, as well as being older than Gilmore and Richmond who tied for third with a median age of 44 years.

"The inner-city electorate of Melbourne, along with Lingiari in the Northern Territory were the youngest electorates in Australia, both with median ages of 31 years".

"Men outnumbered women the most in the electorate of Durack in northern Western Australia, where there were 124 men for every 100 women, but the NT's Lingiari (113 men per 100 women) and Queensland's Flynn (110) also had high ratios of men to women.

The electorates with the highest proportion of women were Sturt, on the eastern outskirts of Adelaide, Goldstein in Melbourne and Bradfield on the northern fringe of Sydney - all with 93 men per 100 women.

For further information on total populations, see Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 3218.0). For age-sex breakdowns, see Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia (cat. no. 3235.0).

Media notes:
1) When reporting ABS data you must attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.
2) Electorates mentioned in this release are Commonwealth Electoral Divisions, as defined in the 2013 edition of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).
3) Capital cities mentioned in this release are Greater Capital City Statistical Areas, as defined in the 2011 edition of the ASGS.