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Service age groups

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Broken Hill City had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Regional NSW in 2016.

The Age Structure of Broken Hill City provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Broken Hill City's residential role and function and how it is likely to change in the future.

Service age groups divide the population into age categories that reflect typical life-stages. They indicate the level of demand for services that target people at different stages in life and how that demand is changing.

To get a more complete picture Broken Hill City's Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Household Types and Dwelling Types.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's date of birth or age?'

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
Broken Hill City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)9745.55.81,0655.86.3-91
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)1,3737.88.91,5658.59.0-192
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)1,1716.67.31,3967.58.2-225
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)1,3307.57.91,4898.08.1-159
Young workforce (25 to 34)2,11411.911.01,89010.210.4+224
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)2,97716.818.03,40818.419.5-431
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)2,64214.913.82,74914.813.9-107
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)2,40713.613.12,27512.311.9+132
Seniors (70 to 84)2,12012.011.42,19311.810.3-73
Elderly aged (85 and over)5933.42.74872.62.3+106

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Age structure - service age groups, 2016
Age structure - service age groups, 2016 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Regional NSW: 5.8% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Regional NSW: 8.9% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Regional NSW: 7.3% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Regional NSW: 7.9% Young workforce (25 to 34), Regional NSW: 11.0% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Regional NSW: 18.0% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Regional NSW: 13.8% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Regional NSW: 13.1% Seniors (70 to 84), Regional NSW: 11.4% Elderly aged (85 and over), Regional NSW: 2.7% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Broken Hill City: 5.5% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Broken Hill City: 7.8% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Broken Hill City: 6.6% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Broken Hill City: 7.5% Young workforce (25 to 34), Broken Hill City: 11.9% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Broken Hill City: 16.8% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Broken Hill City: 14.9% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Broken Hill City: 13.6% Seniors (70 to 84), Broken Hill City: 12.0% Elderly aged (85 and over), Broken Hill City: 3.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2011 to 2016
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2011 to 2016 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Broken Hill City: -91 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Broken Hill City: -192 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Broken Hill City: -225 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Broken Hill City: -159 Young workforce (25 to 34), Broken Hill City: +224 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Broken Hill City: -431 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Broken Hill City: -107 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Broken Hill City: +132 Seniors (70 to 84), Broken Hill City: -73 Elderly aged (85 and over), Broken Hill City: +106
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of Broken Hill City in 2016 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a lower proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 19.9% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 28.9% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 22.1% and 27.2% respectively for Regional NSW.

The major differences between the age structure of Broken Hill City and Regional NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Older workers & pre-retirees' (14.9% compared to 13.8%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Young workforce' (11.9% compared to 11.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders' (16.8% compared to 18.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Primary schoolers' (7.8% compared to 8.9%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Broken Hill City's population decreased by 816 people (4.4%). This represents an average annual population change of -0.9% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (-431 people)
  • Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) (-225 people)
  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+224 people)
  • Primary schoolers (5 to 11) (-192 people)

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