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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
AGE AND SEX DISTRIBUTION
The ACT had a lower proportion of people aged 60 and over than Australia as a whole (15.1% and 18.6% respectively).
The proportion of younger adults (aged between 20 and 34 years) in the ACT was particularly high compared with Australia, reflecting the number of people of these ages who move to Canberra for tertiary education or employment. They accounted for 25.1% of the territory's population, compared to 21.5% of Australia's population.
Overall, the population of the ACT is younger than the total Australian population. At June 2009, the median age (age at which half the population is older and half is younger) was 34.7 years, compared with 36.8 years nationally.
Within the ACT, the SLA of Duntroon had the youngest population at 30 June 2009, with a median age of 21.4 years. This was followed by Acton (21.9 years) and Bruce (27.1). Isaacs (46.8) and Yarralumla (44.6) had the highest median ages.
CHILDREN (UNDER 15 YEARS OF AGE)
In the ACT, 18.4% of the total population (or 64,900 people) were under 15 years of age at 30 June 2009. This was slightly lower than the Australian proportion of 19.1%.
The SLAs with the highest proportion of children under 15 years of age were Amaroo (28.9%) in the north of the Canberra Statistical Division (SD) and Banks (26.4%) in the south.
WORKING AGE POPULATION (AGED 15-64 YEARS)
At June 2009, 251,600 people in the ACT (or 71.4% of the total population) were aged 15 to 64 years. This was higher than the national proportion of 67.6% and the highest of any state or territory.
The SLAs with the highest proportions of people aged 15 to 64 years had large student populations or were located near the city centre. These were Acton (98.2%), with the Australian National University; Duntroon (91.4%), with the Australian Defence Force Academy; City (90.0%), Braddon (87.4%), Belconnen Town Centre (85.8%) and Barton (85.7%).
PEOPLE AGED 65 YEARS AND OVER
In the ACT, 10.2% of the population (or 35,800 people) were aged 65 years and over at 30 June 2009, an increase from 9.1% at 30 June 2004. At June 2009, the ACT had a lower proportion of its population in this age group than Australia as a whole (13.3%). The SLAs with the highest proportions of people aged 65 years and over were Page (21.9%) and Deakin (19.7%).
There were 98.8 males for every 100 females in the ACT at 30 June 2009.
Duntroon, containing the Australian Defence Force Academy, had the highest sex ratio in the ACT with 276.9 males for every 100 females. The City had the second highest sex ratio at 137.0. Deakin had the lowest sex ratio in June 2009 (79.9) followed by Greenway (83.9).
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