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3235.0 - Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2011 Quality Declaration 
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MEDIA RELEASE
31 August 2012
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra time)
131/2012

Darwin the top place for young blokes


Darwin is Australia's youngest capital city and has the highest proportion of males, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Darwin's median age was 33 years at June 2011, which was more than a year younger than Canberra, its closest rival.

Hobart had the oldest population, with a median age of 39 years, just ahead of Adelaide.

The oldest median ages in Australia were scattered along the coast. Tuncurry, on the mid-north coast of New South Wales was the oldest area in the country with a median age of 59 years. In Queensland, Bribie Island was the oldest (57 years) and in South Australia, it was Victor Harbor (56).

The youngest areas were Thamarrurr in the Northern Territory, Acton in Canberra and Yarrabah in Queensland, each with a median age of 22 years.

Darwin was also the only capital city with more males than females, with a ratio of 109 males per 100 females. Of the other capital cities, females outnumbered males to the greatest extent in Adelaide (97).

Some of the most blokey areas in the country had strong links to the resource sector, including East Pilbara (297 males per 100 females), Roebourne (186) and Ashburton (182) in Western Australia. The areas where females outnumbered males most were generally within capital cities, including Deakin (81 males per 100 females) in Canberra, Woollahra (84) in Sydney and Burwood (85) in Melbourne.

For further information see Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2011 (cat. no. 3235.0).

Media notes:
1) When reporting ABS data you must attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.
2) This is this first release of regional population estimates by age and sex using 2011 Census data.
3) This is the first release of regional population estimates by age and sex under the new ABS statistical geography, this means we are referring to regions officially called SA2s (Statistical Areas Level 2), SA3s (Level 3) and SA4s (Level 4). In past issues, our commentary was based on the Local Government Area geography.
4) Unless otherwise stated, areas mentioned in this release are defined as SA2s and capital cities as Greater Capital City Statistical Areas.

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