Census shows more women

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser

New census statistics have revealed Albany has the lowest ratio of women to men in regional WA.

The numbers show there were only 86.5 men to every 100 women in the latest census results released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Monday.

Albany has the second-lowest ratio of men to women in WA, behind inner-Perth suburb Mosman Park with 86.0 to every 100.

But while the figures reveal while women outnumber men 19,064 to 18,343 across all ages, in the 20-49 age bracket men (7524) outnumber women (6497).

The figures were no surprise to single Albany woman Michelle Valcan.

“It is quite a big gap in the ratio of males to females but if you are not aware of the difference in numbers I would say that you wouldn’t notice it when you are out and about,” she said.

“In more recent times I’ve attended the local pubs, I have noticed more males either playing pool or just catching up for a quick beer after work. But ... when I have gone for coffee or do the boardwalk at Middleton beach I have noticed the majority are women, so it is quite balanced out in different environments.”

The stats showed the highest sex ratio in Western Australia was East Pilbara, with 265.1 men per 100 women in the State’s northern mining region.

Other high male ratios included Ashburton (251.2), Roebourne (160.3) and Meekatharra (151.8), which are all in areas of significant mining activity, and Chidlow (240.2), which contains a large male prison faci-lity.

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