3235.0 - Regional Population by Age and Sex, Australia, 2017 Quality Declaration 
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NEW SOUTH WALES

MEDIAN AGE

  • At June 2017, the median age (the age at which half the population is older and half is younger) of the New South Wales (NSW) population was 37.5 years, down from 37.7 at June 2012. The median age of males in 2017 was 36.6 years compared with 38.4 years for females.
  • In the five years to 2017, the median age in Greater Sydney decreased from 36.1 to 35.8 years, and increased from 41.2 to 42.1 years in the rest of NSW.
  • The SA2s with the highest median ages were located in regional areas on or near the coast. These included Tea Gardens - Hawks Nest (62.4 years) near Port Stephens, Tuncurry (60.8) on the Mid North Coast, and Sussex Inlet - Berrara (58.9) on the south coast.
  • The SA2s with the lowest median ages included Kensington (25.9 years), which contains the University of NSW, and neighbouring Kingsford (26.8). A number of major regional centres such as Shortland - Jesmond (26.1) in Newcastle, Wagga Wagga - North (28.8) and Tamworth - West (29.6) also had comparatively low median ages. Many of these areas contain higher education campuses.

    SA2s WITH OLDEST AND YOUNGEST MEDIAN AGES
    (a), New South Wales, 2017

    Median Age
    SA2GCCSA
    years

    OLDEST MEDIAN AGES

    Tea Gardens - Hawks NestRest of NSW
    62.4
    TuncurryRest of NSW
    60.8
    Sussex Inlet - BerraraRest of NSW
    58.9
    Narooma - BermaguiRest of NSW.
    57.7
    South West RocksRest of NSW
    56.4

    YOUNGEST MEDIAN AGES

    KensingtonGreater Sydney
    25.9
    Shortland - JesmondRest of NSW
    26.1
    KingsfordGreater Sydney
    26.8
    Wagga Wagga - NorthRest of NSW
    28.8
    Tamworth - WestRest of NSW
    29.6

    (a) Excludes SA2s with a population of less than 1,000 at June 2017.


SEX RATIO
  • At June 2017, there were 98.4 males for every 100 females in NSW. The sex ratio was slightly higher in Greater Sydney (98.7) than in the rest of NSW (97.8).
  • The SA2 of Auburn - North in western Sydney had the highest sex ratio in NSW (140.5 males per 100 females) followed by Junee (135.8), which contains the Junee Correctional Centre. High sex ratios were also apparent in Darlinghurst (133.1), Surry Hills (132.1) and Potts Point - Woolloomooloo (130.4), all in inner Sydney.
  • The lowest sex ratios were in Woollahra (83.4) in Sydney's east and Castle Hill - East (84.0) in Sydney's north-west.

    SA2s WITH HIGHEST AND LOWEST SEX RATIOS
    (a), New South Wales, 2017

    Sex Ratio
    SA2GCCSA
    males per 100 females

    HIGHEST SEX RATIOS

    Auburn - NorthGreater Sydney
    140.5
    JuneeRest of NSW
    135.8
    DarlinghurstGreater Sydney
    133.1
    Surry HillsGreater Sydney
    132.1
    Potts Point - WoolloomoolooGreater Sydney
    130.4

    LOWEST SEX RATIOS

    WoollahraGreater Sydney
    83.4
    Castle Hill - EastGreater Sydney
    84.0
    Tweed Heads SouthRest of NSW
    86.1
    MittagongRest of NSW
    86.7
    Coffs Harbour - SouthRest of NSW
    87.0

    (a) Excludes SA2s with a population of less than 1,000 at June 2017.


AGE AND SEX DISTRIBUTION
  • The age distribution of Greater Sydney was younger than for the rest of the state. At June 2017, 32% 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, 27% 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 2017
Population pyramid showing proportion of population by age and sex in Greater Sydney and rest of NSW, 30 June 2017