What does your neighbour look like?

Written by realestateview.com.au in ACT on October 12, 2018

Ever wondered what traits make up the “average” resident in your city? Or perhaps you’re thinking about relocating interstate, and would like to know if the demographics are likely to be a little different to what you’re used to?

We’ve examined data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics to give you a picture of what your neighbours might look like. The data provides a snapshot of the Australian population as it was in July 2017, when the average Australian was 37.3 years old, and across the country when there were 98.4 males to every 100 females.

Alternatively, if you’d like to find out more about your suburb and neighbours, try entering your address into our Property 360 tool. You’ll be able to find out the monthly personal and household income for the local area, suss out how much your neighbours are repaying on their mortgage, and view breakdowns of residents based on age and household composition. You can even discover how your little pocket compares to the suburb overall. This tool really comes in handy if you’re planning on buying or selling, or feel like playing amateur detective and snooping on your neighbours!



The median age in Sydney is 35.8 years, although in Kensington the average resident is likely to be around ten years younger. However, if you live in Tea Gardens or Hawks Nest, you’ll find more of your neighbours fall into the 60-plus age range. The male-to-female ratio is pretty close to the national figure, sitting at 98.7 men to every 100 women. Northwood is home to the richest residents, with an average household income of $4,152 per week.



With a median age of 35.6 years, Melbourne has one of the younger populations of all our capital cities. Inner-city Carlton has the youngest population in the state, thanks to nearby Melbourne University, and also has the largest number of renters in the state – just over 80 per cent. Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff attract an older crowd, and there are 97.7 males to every 100 females in our most liveable city.


Brisbane residents have a median age of 35.3 years, and there are 98.1 males to every 100 females. On Bribie Island, retirees have pushed the median up to almost sixty, while in the Northern Peninsula area on the coast of Cape York, the youthful crowd has a median age of just 22.4 years. Fortitude Valley has the highest turnover of residents, with more than 35 per cent of locals moving there in the past 12 months.



Adelaide has one of the highest median ages in the country –  if you live in the City of Churches your neighbours are likely to be around 38.7 years old. The youngest population of South Australians is in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Indigenous local government area, while the oldies flock to Goolwa at the mouth of the Murray River. The sex ratio in Adelaide is the lowest in the country, with just 96.7 fellas to every 100 ladies – perhaps the South Australian capital would be a good place to recruit for the next season of The Bachelor?!


The median age in Perth is 36.1 years, making it our third-oldest capital city. If you live in Roebuck, your neighbours are likely to be young and wild – the median age here is 27.4 years. However, if you’re a resident of the historic town of York, you’ll find yourself amongst an older demographic, with a median age of 51.1 years. The sexes are almost equally represented in Perth – for every 100 females there are 99.3 males.

Investing in Tasmania - a view of the harbour in Hobart, Tasmania.


The median age of residents in Hobart is 39.8 years – the oldest of any capital city in the country! The youngest Tasmanians seem to congregate up north in Launceston, close to the UTAS campus in the suburb of Mowbray. This suburb has a median age of 31.1 years, and almost half of all properties are rented. Like Perth, the sex ratio is pretty even, with 99.2 males to every 100 females in Hobart.


The Northern Territory capital is home to the youngest Australians, with a median age of just 33.6 years. If you don’t fancy rubbing shoulders with quite so many youngsters, the place to be in the NT is Ross, where the median age is a touch over 45 years. The ladies are well and truly outnumbered in Darwin, with 111 males to every 100 females in town.


Our nation’s capital has the second-youngest median age, with the average resident being 35 years old. It’s important to note that there is a large contingent of military personnel in Canberra, which could be skewing the median towards the younger end of the scale – in Duntroon, the average resident is just 21.9 years. While there might not be equal gender representation within the parliament, there are 98 men per 100 ladies in Canberra.