EVERY so often there is a report released with the best towns and cities for women to meet men.
Usually they give details of the best men to women ratios so single ladies looking for a fellow can get out and about on the prowl.
Well someone needs to send them a memo - don't bother visiting Warwick.
The newest Census data shows there are more women than men in the Rose City.
Heading out of town it is a different story. While Allora sticks with the trend with 654 females to 622 males, Killarney, Maryvale and Yangan all have dominant male populations. But ladies out Yangan way, don't get too excited - there are only two blokes to spare out there, with 198 males to 196 females.
While we often talk about aging populations, I was surprised to read the median age of the Downs as a whole is 41 years young but the Warwick residents scrape through a little younger than other towns, with a median age of 39.
Allora has the oldest median age at 47 years, with Yangan and Maryvale not far behind at 46.
Not surprisingly when it comes down to dollars, Warwickites are paying higher than average median rents at $215 a week - although Maryvale tops the list with $226 despite having the lowest median weekly income at $700.
Yangan has the cheapest median rent at $168 and Stanthorpe sits in the middle at $185 - clearly showing the Census was filled out outside of fruit picking season which has rents increase dramatically.
We all know families are getting smaller so it wasn't too surprising to see the average number of children per household is two on the Southern Downs with Warwick and Stanthorpe just below that with 1.9.
It seems our families prefer to live a little further afield with Killarney and Maryvale having slightly more than average with 2.2 and 2.1 kiddies respectively.
The thing about the Census is there is so much information to pour through.
Ages, incomes and genders are just the start.
We will delve a little in the coming week to find out how the Southern Downs compares with our surrounding areas. Stay tuned.
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