Department of Family and Community Services


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The population of women in NSW continues to grow through birth and migration. The population composition is continually shifting as is the state’s cultural make-up.

Nearly 28 percent of NSW women speak a language other than English at home, compared to 23 percent nationally.

Women are living longer and are choosing to start families later in life. They are getting married later and larger numbers of women aged over 35 are having children. Women’s faith is becoming more diverse and increasing numbers of women no longer follow any religion.

The median age of women is nearly two years older than that of men, and there are nearly twice as many older women (65 years and over) living alone as men.