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Service age groups

Broken Hill City had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Regional NSW in 2011.

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 last birthday)?'

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
Broken Hill City - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Service age group (years)Number%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)1,0655.86.31,1886.16.1-123
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)1,5658.59.01,7719.19.7-206
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)1,3967.58.21,6288.48.8-232
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)1,4898.08.11,3907.28.0+99
Young workforce (25 to 34)1,89010.210.41,93110.010.8-41
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)3,40818.419.54,00020.720.9-592
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)2,74914.813.92,73714.113.6+12
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)2,27512.311.91,97310.210.3+302
Seniors (70 to 84)2,19311.810.32,30311.99.8-110
Elderly aged (85 and over)4872.62.34422.31.9+45

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Age structure - service age groups, 2011
Age structure - service age groups, 2011 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Regional NSW: 6.3% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Regional NSW: 9.0% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Regional NSW: 8.2% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Regional NSW: 8.1% Young workforce (25 to 34), Regional NSW: 10.4% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Regional NSW: 19.5% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Regional NSW: 13.9% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Regional NSW: 11.9% Seniors (70 to 84), Regional NSW: 10.3% Elderly aged (85 and over), Regional NSW: 2.3% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Broken Hill City: 5.8% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Broken Hill City: 8.5% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Broken Hill City: 7.5% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Broken Hill City: 8.0% Young workforce (25 to 34), Broken Hill City: 10.2% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Broken Hill City: 18.4% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Broken Hill City: 14.8% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Broken Hill City: 12.3% Seniors (70 to 84), Broken Hill City: 11.8% Elderly aged (85 and over), Broken Hill City: 2.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2006 to 2011
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2006 to 2011 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Broken Hill City: -123 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Broken Hill City: -206 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Broken Hill City: -232 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Broken Hill City: +99 Young workforce (25 to 34), Broken Hill City: -41 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Broken Hill City: -592 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Broken Hill City: +12 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Broken Hill City: +302 Seniors (70 to 84), Broken Hill City: -110 Elderly aged (85 and over), Broken Hill City: +45
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 2011 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, 21.7% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 26.8% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 23.6% and 24.5% respectively for Regional NSW.

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

  • A larger percentage of 'Seniors' (11.8% compared to 10.3%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Older workers & pre-retirees' (14.8% compared to 13.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders' (18.4% compared to 19.5%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Broken Hill City's population decreased by 846 people (4.4%). This represents an average annual population change of -0.89% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2006 and 2011 were in the age groups:

  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (-592 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+302 people)
  • Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) (-232 people)
  • Primary schoolers (5 to 11) (-206 people)

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