New Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) data provides insight into NSW’s population age distribution. This enables the Department to see how the state is ageing and make informed planning decisions for growing communities.
The average age of NSW residents in 2016 was 37.6 years. This is a slight increase from June 2006 where the median age was 36.8 years, and higher than the national average age of 37.2 years.
The average age of women in NSW was higher than men, with 38.5 years and 36.7 years respectively.
The average age of the population in regional NSW exceeded that of Metropolitan Sydney by 6.3 years, with 43.1 years for women and 42.2 years for men. This difference in ageing between city and country provides valuable insight for policy makers and aged care service providers about our ageing population. It shows demand for these services will increase in regional areas, which influences how we will care for communities in the future.
The NSW areas with the highest median age were mainly located in coastal and regional areas, highlighting the settlement patterns of many older people who move out of the city and into quieter, more scenic parts of the state post retirement.
|City of Sydney||32.2|
In 2016, there was a trend of higher gender ratios, or the number of men per 100 women in a population, recorded across many areas in the west of NSW, decreasing towards the coast.
For example, in Mosman there were only 87.9 men per 100 women, whilst in Junee there were 33.5 more men per 100 women.
|Lowest Area||Number of men per 100 women|
|(equal) Albury, Bourke, Willoughby
|Highest Area||Number of men per 100 women|
|City of Sydney
|Snowy Monaro Regional
The top five areas with the highest gender ratios were in the Far West and Riverina Murray regions, with Junee taking out the top spot (133.5). The areas with the five lowest gender ratios in NSW were found in the east of the state.
The area with the highest proportion of the population aged 0-14 years was Camden (24.2 per cent), while City of Sydney (6.9 per cent) was the lowest.
Conversely, City of Sydney recorded the highest proportion of people aged 15-64 across all of NSW, with 84.7 per cent. This was followed by North Sydney (73.3per cent).
NSW Regional area including Eurobodalla (29.4 per cent), Mid-Coast (29.0 per cent) and Berrigan (27.8per cent), recorded the highest proportions of populations aged 65 years and over. This is typical of the sea change/tree change settlement patterns of a significant number in this age group.