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Broken Hill CityCommunity profile

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Broken Hill City

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?'

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.

Please refer to specific data notes for more information

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 and pre-retirees (50 to 59)' (14.9% compared to 13.8%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (11.9% compared to 11.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (16.8% compared to 18.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Primary schoolers (5 to 11)' (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)