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AGE AND SEX DISTRIBUTION
Like most of the states in Australia, the age distributions of the capital city SD and the remainder of the state differed the most for people aged 20 to 39 years. This difference was most notable for the 25 to 29 year age group, where males and females each made up 2.8% of the population of regional Victoria, compared with 4.1% and 4.0 % respectively of the population of the Melbourne SD.
At 30 June 2009, people aged 45 years and over accounted for a higher proportion of people living in regional Victoria (43.1%) than in the Melbourne SD (36.4%). In contrast, those aged 20 to 44 years had a much higher representation in the Melbourne SD (38.9%) than in regional Victoria (30.3%).
At 30 June 2009, the median age (the age at which half the population is older and half is younger) of Victorian residents was 36.9 years - 35.9 years for males and 37.8 years for females.
The Local Government Areas (LGAs) with the highest median ages in June 2009 were Queenscliffe (B) (54.0 years), Strathbogie (S) (48.3) and Yarriambiack (48.0), all in regional Victoria.
The LGA with the lowest median age was Melbourne (C) (27.7 years), followed by Melton (S) (31.6) and Wyndham (C) (31.8) which are located on Melbourne's growth fringes.
The median ages for all LGAs in regional Victoria have increased since June 2004. The largest increases were in the LGAs of Yarriambiack (S) (3.8 years), Murrindindi (S) (3.5) and Queenscliffe (B) (3.3).
The median age for Melbourne (C) was 0.8 years lower in June 2009 than it was five years earlier.
CHILDREN (UNDER 15 YEARS OF AGE)
Children under 15 years of age comprised 18.5% of the Victorian population in June 2009. There was a higher proportion of children in regional Victoria (19.4%) than in the Melbourne SD (18.2%). The LGA of Melton (S) had the highest proportion of children (24.1%), followed by Wyndham (C) (23.9%) and Cardinia (S) (23.7%), all on Melbourne's growth fringe. Within regional Victoria, the LGA of Golden Plains (S) had the highest proportion of children (23.2%).
WORKING AGE POPULATION (AGED 15-64 YEARS)
People of working age (15 to 64 years) represented about two-thirds (68.0%) of the Victorian population in June 2009. The proportion was higher in the Melbourne SD (69.2%) than in regional Victoria (64.5%).
The four LGAs with the highest proportions of people of working age were Melbourne (C) (88.3%), Port Phillip (C) (79.8%), Yarra (C) (79.3%) and Stonnington (C) (73.1%), all in the Melbourne SD.
PEOPLE AGED 65 YEARS AND OVER
People aged 65 years and over accounted for 13.6% of the Victorian population in June 2009. There was a lower proportion of older people in the Melbourne SD (12.6%) than in regional Victoria (16.2%).
Queenscliffe (B) (32.4%) on the coast south of Geelong was the LGA with the highest proportion of its population aged 65 years and over, followed by the North Wimmera LGAs of Hindmarsh (S) (24.9%) and Yarriambiack (S) (24.4%).
The sex ratio for Victoria was 98.4 in June 2009, indicating there were 98.4 males for every 100 females. However, in the Melbourne (C) LGA and many parts of regional Victoria there were more males than females.
In the Melbourne SD, the highest sex ratios were found in the LGAs of Melbourne (C) (105.3) and Maribyrnong (C) (105.0). In regional Victoria, the LGAs with the highest sex ratios were Murrindindi (S) (107.3), Pyrenees (S) (106.4), Golden Plains (105.9) and Loddon (104.7). The LGAs with the lowest sex ratios included Bayside (C) (92.4), Whitehorse (C) (93.5) and Boroondara (C) (95.0) in the Melbourne SD, and Queenscliffe (B) (85.9), Ballarat (C) (94.2) and Warnambool (C) (94.9) in regional Victoria.
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