Lawrie, 79, and Dell Geddes, 82, in the dining room at Torbay Retirement Village, are among the 22% of Hervey Bay’s over 65.
Lawrie, 79, and Dell Geddes, 82, in the dining room at Torbay Retirement Village, are among the 22% of Hervey Bay’s over 65. Alistair Brightman

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NEW figures have shown more than one in five people on the Fraser Coast are over the age of 65 and are mostly female.

The figures were released by Australian Bureau of Statistics and used the 2011 Census to analyse populations in each suburb by age and gender.

It showed women on the Fraser Coast outnumber men and are on average one year older.

Maryborough region south had the oldest median age at 48.9, however Pialba and Eli Waters had the oldest population with 27.4% of residents aged 65 or over.

Tinana had the youngest population with an average age of 40.4 and 22.3% of the population aged 14 or under.

The report showed the Fraser Coast continues to have a much older population than the Queensland average.

Only 12.9% of the Queensland population were aged 65 or over, compared 19.5% in the Wide Bay.

Visit abs.gov.au for the report.

HERVEY BAY

  • 25,984 males in total at an average age of 44.1.
  • 27,976 females in total at an average age of 45.4
  • People aged 15-64 make up 58.6% of the population, while 19% is 14 years old or under. People aged 65 and over make up 22.4% of Hervey Bay's population

MARYBOROUGH

  • 21,912 males with an average age of 43.8
  • 21,487 females with an average age of 44.7
  • People aged 15-64 make up 61.9% of the population, 18.9% of the population is 14 years old or under. People aged 65 and over make up 19.3% of the population.

WIDE BAY

  • The average age across Wide Bay is 43.3.
  • 138,351 males with an average age of 42.9.
  • 140,850 females with an average age of 43.6.
  • People aged 15-64 make up 60.9% of the population, while people 65 or over make up 19.3%.


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