Life starts at 40 in nation’s oldest capital


Hobart residents have the highest median age of any Australian capital city while Darwin has the youngest, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Hobart's median age (the age at which half the population is older, and half is younger) was 39.8 years at June 2017, again making it Australia's oldest capital, more than a year older than nearest rival Adelaide (38.7 years).

With a median age of 33.6 years, Darwin was again the youngest capital, more than a year younger than residents in the Australian Capital Territory (35.0).

"The data indicates that popular coastal retirement destinations tended to drag up the median age," ABS Director of Demography Anthony Grubb said.

"These areas included Tea Gardens – Hawks Nest (62.4 years) and Tuncurry (60.8) in New South Wales, and Bribie Island (59.6) in Queensland.

"Conversely, where students or military personnel congregated, the median ages were low. For example, in the ACT, the suburb of Acton has a lot of university students and the median age is 21.3 years. Duntroon, which is also in the ACT, has a concentration of military personnel and a median age of 21.9 years."

The data, contained in the report Regional Population by Age and Sex, also showed that Adelaide again had the lowest ratio of males to females of all capital cities, with 96.7 males for every 100 females. It was followed by Melbourne at 97.7. Darwin was again the only capital with more males than females, with 111.5 males per 100 females.

Oldest and youngest populations in each state/territory (a), June 2017

State/Territory

Median age in capital city

Oldest area

Median age

Youngest area

Median age

New South Wales

35.8

Tea Gardens – Hawks Nest

62.4

Kensington

25.9

Victoria

35.6

Point Lonsdale – Queenscliff

58.3

Carlton

24.7

Queensland

35.3

Bribie Island

59.6

Northern Peninsula

22.4

South Australia

38.7

Goolwa – Port Elliot

58.3

APY Lands

27.6

Western Australia

36.1

York – Beverley

51.5

Roebuck

27.4

Tasmania

39.8

Forestier – Tasman

55.9

Mowbray

31.1

Northern Territory

33.6

Ross

45.2

Gulf

25.4

ACT

35.0

Yarralumla

49.7

Acton

21.3

(a) Excludes areas with population less than 1,000.

Further details can be found in Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2017 (cat. no. 3235.0) available for download from the ABS website.



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