There’s nothing average about Joe Mooney but he is 43, the median age within the Gympie region.
There’s nothing average about Joe Mooney but he is 43, the median age within the Gympie region. Renee Pilcher

Not bad going for your average Joe

THE average bloke knocking about the Gympie region is 43 years old, but if he lives in Gympie itself he is on a good thing, with more than 53% of the city's population comprised of women and less than 47% of the population men.

Your middle-of-the-road local is also highly likely to have been born in Australia, have Australian or English ancestors and live in a three bedroom house.

While more than 10% of Queensland households gross more than $3000 a week, less than 3% of households are that well off here, and more than a third of households gross less than $600 a week.

Renting a home here is slightly cheaper, with the median rent $220 compared to the state median of $300, and 11.3% of households handing over more than a third of their income in rent.

Ten thousand, one hundred and fifty-six people live in the city of Gympie itself, and the median age is 40. There are fewer men (46.8%) than women (53.2%) and 327 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. People aged 65 years or over make up 21.2% of the population.

Across the bridge on the Southside, the median age is slightly younger at 39 years, and families are producing slightly more children (2.1 per family) than the region (1.9).

The median weekly household income is $964, rent is a little higher, registered marriages outweigh de facto marriages by 55.4% to 8.7%, and 36% of the population isn't married.

Just over 100 people born in New Zealand live on the Southside and there are 89 households where two or more languages are spoken, including Vietnamese (0.4%), Filipino (0.3%),Turkish, Tamil and Urdu.

Rainbow Beach has 1100 residents and 60 more men than women.

The median weekly household income is $737, on a par with the region, but monthly mortgage payments are $250 higher at $1608, which is still $200 below the national median mortgage payment.

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