The median age distribution in Sydney shows that the more affluent suburbs – namely, those in the North Shore and Northern Beaches – have a higher median age. This can be attributed to the fact that those areas’ higher house prices would require a longer working period to be able to afford real estate in the area.
The age distribution map also shows that the inner city has a lower median age – this can, in part, be attributed to university students, but also, so-called “yuppies” (young urban professionals) who want to live close to their work in the CBD.
The more rural areas of Sydney, such as north around Galston and west in the Blue Mountains have an older median age. This can be attributed to retirees moving away from the busyness of the city centre and to a slower-paced environment.
Western Sydney also has a relatively young median age, which can be attributed to young families seeking reprieve from higher housing costs further west.
Median age data used to create this map was obtained from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2011 Census.
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