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NEW SOUTH WALES
At June 2015, the estimated resident population of New South Wales (NSW) was 7.62 million people, an increase of 473,400 people (6.6%) since June 2010.
The population of Greater Sydney at June 2015 was 4.92 million people. This represented 65% of the total NSW population. Of those 2.70 million people living in the rest of NSW, almost half (47%) resided in the coastal SA4s of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, Illawarra, Richmond - Tweed, Mid North Coast and Coffs Harbour - Grafton.
AGE AND SEX DISTRIBUTION
The age distribution of Greater Sydney was younger than for the rest of the state. At June 2015, 31% of Greater Sydney's population were aged 20 to 39 years, compared with 23% in the rest of the state. Conversely, in the rest of NSW, 26% of the population were aged 60 years or over, compared with 19% of the population in Greater Sydney.
AGE AND SEX DISTRIBUTION (%), New South Wales - 30 June 2015The age distribution of the population in Greater Sydney varies most from the rest of the state for the young adult population. Greater Sydney had a higher proportion of its population aged 20 to 44 years at June 2015 as compared to the rest of the state.
Footnote(s): (a) 85 years and over not shown
Source(s): Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2015 (cat. no. 3235.0)
At June 2015, the median age (the age at which half the population is older and half is younger) of the NSW population was 37.9 years. Reflecting their continued higher life expectancy, the median age for females (38.8 years) was higher than for males (36.9 years).
As indicated by its younger age profile, the median age of Greater Sydney (36.1 years) was lower than for the rest of NSW (41.8).
Within Greater Sydney, the SA2s with the highest median ages were Blackheath - Megalong Valley (49.1 years) and Wentworth Falls (48.9 years), both in the Blue Mountains, followed by Erina - Green Point (48.2 years) on the Central Coast. The SA2 with the lowest median age was Kensington - Kingsford (28.3 years), which contains the University of NSW. This was followed by Lethbridge Park - Tregear (29.9 years) in the Mount Druitt region, and Auburn (30.4 years) and Parramatta - Rosehill (30.5 years), both in the Parramatta region.
Outside of Greater Sydney, the SA2s with the highest median ages were located on or near the coast. These included Tea Gardens - Hawks Nest (61.0 years) near Port Stephens, Tuncurry (59.7) on the Mid North Coast, and Narooma - Bermagui (57.4 years) and Sussex Inlet - Berrara (57.2 years), both on the South Coast. The areas with the lowest median ages in the rest of NSW were in or near major regional centres, particularly those containing higher education campuses. Wagga Wagga - North (26.1 years) had the lowest median age, followed by Shortland - Jesmond (27.7 years) in Newcastle and Tamworth - West (27.8 years).
CHILDREN (UNDER 15 YEARS OF AGE)
At June 2015, there were 1.43 million children under 15 years of age in NSW, an increase of 66,500 (4.9%) since June 2010.
Almost two thirds (65%) of children in NSW lived in Greater Sydney. Between 2010 and 2015, the number of children in Greater Sydney increased by 64,200 (7.5%) to reach 923,000. In comparison, the number of children in the rest of NSW increased by 2,300 (0.5%).
Within Greater Sydney, the highest proportions of children were in the SA2s of Parklea - Kellyville Ridge (28%) and Rouse Hill - Beaumont Hills (26%) in the north-west residential growth corridor, Lethbridge Park - Tregear (27%) and Bidwill - Hebersham - Emerton (26%) in the Mount Druitt region, and Mount Annan - Currans Hill (26%) in Greater Sydney's outer south-west.
Of those SA2s in the rest of the state, Tamworth - West had the highest proportion of children (28%). Other SA2s with high proportions included Bourke - Brewarrina (26%), Dubbo - West (25%) and Narromine (24%) in the state's Far West and Orana region, and Orange - North (25%) in the Central West.
POPULATION AGED LESS THAN 15 YEARS, Statistical Areas Level 2, New South Wales - 30 June 2015
WORKING AGE POPULATION (AGED 15-64 YEARS)
Greater Sydney had 3.33 million working age residents in 2015. In the five years to 2015, the population aged 15 to 64 years in Greater Sydney increased by 6.3% compared with an increase of 1.8% in the rest of NSW.
The SA2s with the highest proportions of working age people in Greater Sydney were generally inner-city areas. These included Sydney - Haymarket - The Rocks (88%), Surry Hills (87%), Darlinghurst and Pyrmont - Ultimo (both 86%) and Newtown - Camperdown - Darlington (85%).
PEOPLE AGED 65 YEARS AND OVER
At June 2015, 16% of NSW residents (1.20 million people) were aged 65 years and over. Of these, 164,100 people were aged 85 years and over. Between 2010 and 2015 the number of people in NSW aged 65 years and over grew by 18%, reflecting the continuing ageing of the NSW population.
Within Greater Sydney, eight of the ten SA2s with the highest proportions of people aged 65 years and over were on the Central Coast. These included Lake Munmorah - Mannering Park, Erina - Green Point, Toukley - Norah Head and Woy Woy - Blackwall, which all had more than one quarter of their population aged 65 years and over. Sylvania - Taren Point in the Sutherland Shire, and Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains (both 25%) were the only SA2s in the top ten not located on the Central Coast.
In the rest of NSW, nine of the ten SA2s with the highest proportions of people aged 65 years and over were located on the coast. The highest proportions were in Tea Gardens - Hawks Nest (42%), Tuncurry (41%) and Forster (35%) on the Mid North Coast, and Sussex Inlet - Berrara (38%) and Narooma - Bermagui (34%) on the south coast. The only SA2 in the top ten not located on the coast was Bowral (32%) in the state's Southern Highlands.
POPULATION AGED 65 YEARS AND OVER, Statistical Areas Level 2, New South Wales - 30 June 2015
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