3235.0 - Regional Population by Age and Sex, Australia, 2017 Quality Declaration 
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VICTORIA

MEDIAN AGE

  • At June 2017, the median age (the age at which half the population is older and half is younger) of the Victorian population was 36.8 years, down slightly from 37.2 at June 2012. The median age of males in 2017 was 35.9 years compared with 37.7 years for females.
  • In the five years to 2017, the median age in Greater Melbourne decreased from 36.1 to 35.6 years, but increased from 41.3 to 42.2 years in the rest of Victoria.
  • In 2017, the SA2s with the highest median ages were Point Lonsdale - Queenscliff (58.3 years), Paynesville (58.1) and Portarlington (57.6), all popular retirement areas on/near the coast in regional Victoria.
  • The five SA2s with the lowest median ages were all in Greater Melbourne. These included Carlton (24.7 years) and Parkville (26.3), which are adjacent to the University of Melbourne, Clayton (25.3), which contains the main Monash University campus, and inner-city Melbourne (26.3).

    SA2s WITH OLDEST AND YOUNGEST MEDIAN AGES
    (a), Victoria, 2017

    Median Age
    SA2GCCSA
    years

    OLDEST MEDIAN AGES

    Point Lonsdale - QueenscliffRest of Vic.
    58.3
    PaynesvilleRest of Vic.
    58.1
    PortarlingtonRest of Vic.
    57.6
    OrbostRest of Vic.
    53.9
    EuroaRest of Vic.
    53.3

    YOUNGEST MEDIAN AGES

    CarltonGreater Melbourne
    24.7
    ClaytonGreater Melbourne
    25.3
    ParkvilleGreater Melbourne
    26.3
    MelbourneGreater Melbourne
    26.3
    BurwoodGreater Melbourne
    28.0

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


SEX RATIO
  • In June 2017, the sex ratio (the numbers of males per 100 females) for Victoria was 97.8. The sex ratio was slightly lower in Greater Melbourne (97.7) than in the rest of Victoria (98.2).
  • The SA2s with the highest sex ratios were Rosedale (149.3 males per 100 females) and Rockbank - Mount Cottrell (131.5), both of which contain large male prisons. Many SA2s in rural Victoria had high sex ratios, partly reflecting a male-dominated workforce in agriculture. These included Beaufort (124.7) and Seymour Region (117.9).
  • The SA2s with the lowest sex ratios were the inner areas of Melbourne, including Toorak (86.4 males per 100 females), Carlton (86.6) and Armadale (87.5).

SA2s WITH HIGHEST AND LOWEST SEX RATIOS(a), Victoria, 2017

Sex Ratio
SA2GCCSA
males per 100 females

HIGHEST SEX RATIOS

RosedaleRest of Vic.
149.3
Rockbank - Mount CottrellGreater Melbourne
131.5
BeaufortRest of Vic.
124.7
Seymour RegionRest of Vic.
117.9
AraratRest of Vic.
117.9

LOWEST SEX RATIOS

ToorakGreater Melbourne
86.4
CarltonGreater Melbourne
86.6
ArmadaleGreater Melbourne
87.5
BalwynGreater Melbourne
88.5
MorningtonGreater Melbourne.
88.5

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


AGE AND SEX DISTRIBUTION
  • Greater Melbourne had a higher proportion of its population aged 20 to 44 years (39%) at June 2017 than the rest of Victoria (29%), and a lower proportion aged 50 years and over (30% compared with 40% in the rest of Victoria). The higher proportion of younger adults in Greater Melbourne is consistent with their tendency to migrate out of regional areas to pursue work, education and other opportunities in the capital city.

AGE AND SEX DISTRIBUTION (%), Victoria - 30 June 2017
Population pyramid showing proportion of population by age and sex in Greater Melbourne and rest of Victoria, 30 June 2017