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3235.7.55.001 - Population by Age and Sex, Northern Territory, Jun 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/06/2005   
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DEMOGRAPHIC SUMMARY, Statistical Subdivision, Northern Territory


Estimated Resident Population 30 June 2004p
Age Group
0-14
15-64
65 and over
Total Persons
Median Age
Sex Ratio

Statistical Subdivision
Darwin City
14,383
51,258
3,713
69,354
33.2
111.0
Palmerston-East Arm
6,961
16,162
789
23,912
28.6
106.3
Litchfield Shire
3,693
11,831
688
16,212
34.7
128.3
Finniss
400
1,345
142
1,887
37.9
108.7
Bathurst-Melville
751
1,656
64
2,471
25.8
104.0
Alligator
1,939
4,244
192
6,375
26.0
111.4
Daly
1,308
2,315
163
3,786
23.5
104.9
East Arnhem
4,469
9,337
309
14,115
26.7
108.2
Lower Top End NT
5,019
11,406
787
17,212
27.8
111.8
Barkly
1,687
3,931
222
5,840
27.4
109.2
Central NT
9,950
27,063
1,736
38,749
30.1
107.5
Northern Territory
50,560
140,548
8,805
199,913
30.6
111.0

p preliminary


POPULATION

The preliminary estimate of the resident population of the Northern Territory at 30 June 2004 was 199,900 comprising 105,200 males and 94,700 females. This was an increase of 1,400 (0.7%) persons since June 2003. In June 2004, the Northern Territory's population was 1.0% of the Australian total (20,111,300).

The majority of persons in the Northern Territory (118,900 or 59.5%) lived in the three major urban areas of Darwin (C), Palmerston (C) and Alice Springs (T). A further 8.0% (15,200) lived in the smaller urban areas of Katherine (T), Nhulunbuy and Tennant Creek (T). By Statistical Subdivision, the greatest proportion of persons lived in Darwin City (34.7%), followed by Central NT (19.4%) which includes Alice Springs (T).

POPULATION DISTRIBUTION, Statistical Subdivision, Northern Territory

Graph - Population Distribution, Statistical Subdivisions, Northern Territory



MEDIAN AGE

The median age, the age at which half the population is older and half is younger, increased in the Northern Territory from 30.3 years in 2003 to 30.6 years in 2004. The male median age in the Northern Territory was 30.8 years and the female median age was slightly lower at 30.3 years. The Northern Territory continues to have the lowest median age of all states and territories with the median age of the total Australian population being 36.4 years.

Amongst the Statistical Subdivisions in the Northern Territory, the highest median age was recorded in Finniss at 37.9 years and the lowest median age in Daly at 23.5 years.


SEX RATIO

The sex ratio is the number of males per one hundred females. A sex ratio less than 100 indicates that there are fewer males than females. At 30 June 2004 the sex ratio for the Northern Territory was 111.0 males per 100 females compared to the national ratio of 98.8 males per 100 females. The Northern Territory had the highest sex ratio of all the states and territories with Western Australia (100.3) the next highest. Each Statistical Subdivision within the Northern Territory had more males than females with the highest sex ratio being recorded in Litchfield Shire (128.3) and the lowest in Bathurst-Melville (104.0).

The Statistical Local Areas with the highest sex ratio were East Arm (which includes a correctional centre and a juvenile detention centre) with 1,038.5 males per 100 females and Litchfield Shire (S) - Pt A (which includes the Australian Army's Robertson Barracks) with 352.5 males per 100 females.

Within the Darwin City Statistical Subdivision, the Statistical Local Areas of Winnellie (178.6), Parap (143.5) and City Inner (141.4) had the highest sex ratios. Tiwi (100.2), Coconut Grove (100.2) and Lee Point-Leanyer Swamp (85.5) had the lowest.

For people in the 15-64 'working age' group, the highest ratio of males to females was in the Statistical Subdivision of Litchfield Shire (150.2) while the lowest occurred in Bathurst-Melville (64.1).


AGE DISTRIBUTION

At 30 June 2004, the Northern Territory had the highest proportion of children aged 0-14 years (25.3%) of any state or territory. The Statistical Local Areas of Moulden (34.6%) and Durack (33.7%) had the highest proportion of this age group for the three major urban areas in the Northern Territory.

At 30 June 2004, the proportion of persons aged 15-64 in Northern Territory was 70.3%, a figure marginally lower than that for the Australian Capital Territory (71.2%), which had the highest proportion of all the states and territories. The proportion of this age group for total Australia was 67.3%. The Statistical Local Areas in the Northern Territory where this age group was proportionally highest were East Arm (96.2%), Litchfield Shire (S) - Pt A (89.4%) due to a large Defence Force presence, Winnellie (82.6%), Brinkin (82.5%) and Alice Springs (T) - Stuart (81.9%).

In contrast, the Northern Territory had the lowest proportion of persons aged 65 years and over of all the states and territories at 4.4%. The national proportion was 13.0%. The Statistical Subdivision with the highest proportion of persons aged 65 years and over was Finniss (7.5%) and the lowest was East Arnhem (2.2%). Of the Statistical Local Areas in Darwin Statistical Subdivision, The Gardens (12.9%) which includes a nursing home, Narrows (10.7%), and both Coconut Grove and Lee Point-Leanyer Swamp (10.6%) had the highest proportion of persons aged 65 years and over.

NORTHERN TERRITORY AND AUSTRALIA, Age and Sex Distribution

Graph - Northern Territory and Australia, Age and Sex Distribution


DEPENDENCY RATIO

The dependency ratio is the number of children (0-14 years) and aged persons (65 years and over) per 100 persons aged 15-64 years. A reduced value for the dependency ratio indicates that there is a larger population of working age to support the population of non-working age. The dependency ratio for the Northern Territory at 30 June 2004 was 42.2, compared to 48.7 nationally. The Northern Territory continued to have the second lowest dependency ratio of all the states and territories. The Australian Capital Territory (40.5) had the lowest. The Statistical Subdivisions with the highest dependency ratio were Daly (63.5) and East Arnhem (51.2), while the lowest were in Litchfield Shire (37.0) and Darwin City (35.3).

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