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Central Coast Council area

Service age groups

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The Central Coast Council area had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Sydney in 2016.

The Age Structure of the Central Coast Council area provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of the Central Coast Council area'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 the Central Coast Council area'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
Central Coast Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idBabies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)19,1815.96.419,7746.36.8-593
map this data in atlas.idPrimary schoolers (5 to 11)29,2088.98.828,1309.08.7+1,078
map this data in atlas.idSecondary schoolers (12 to 17)24,1387.46.925,8438.37.4-1,705
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)26,0037.99.625,2158.19.5+788
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)35,27810.816.132,33810.415.4+2,940
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)61,11618.621.161,69419.821.9-578
map this data in atlas.idOlder workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)43,93113.412.240,92113.112.2+3,010
map this data in atlas.idEmpty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)40,35712.39.535,32011.39.0+5,037
map this data in atlas.idSeniors (70 to 84)38,25211.77.533,96710.97.2+4,285
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)10,2783.12.08,9832.91.8+1,295

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), Greater Sydney: 6.4% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Greater Sydney: 8.8% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Greater Sydney: 6.9% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Greater Sydney: 9.6% Young workforce (25 to 34), Greater Sydney: 16.1% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Greater Sydney: 21.1% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Greater Sydney: 12.2% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Greater Sydney: 9.5% Seniors (70 to 84), Greater Sydney: 7.5% Elderly aged (85 and over), Greater Sydney: 2.0% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Central Coast Council area: 5.9% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Central Coast Council area: 8.9% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Central Coast Council area: 7.4% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Central Coast Council area: 7.9% Young workforce (25 to 34), Central Coast Council area: 10.8% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Central Coast Council area: 18.6% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Central Coast Council area: 13.4% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Central Coast Council area: 12.3% Seniors (70 to 84), Central Coast Council area: 11.7% Elderly aged (85 and over), Central Coast Council area: 3.1%
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), Central Coast Council area: -593 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Central Coast Council area: +1,078 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Central Coast Council area: -1,705 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Central Coast Council area: +788 Young workforce (25 to 34), Central Coast Council area: +2,940 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Central Coast Council area: -578 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Central Coast Council area: +3,010 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Central Coast Council area: +5,037 Seniors (70 to 84), Central Coast Council area: +4,285 Elderly aged (85 and over), Central Coast Council area: +1,295
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 the Central Coast Council area in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a similar 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, 22.1% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 27.1% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 22.2% and 19.0% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the age structure of the Central Coast Council area and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Seniors' (11.7% compared to 7.5%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees' (12.3% compared to 9.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce' (10.8% compared to 16.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders' (18.6% compared to 21.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Central Coast Council area's population increased by 15,557 people (5.0%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.98% per year over the period.

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

  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+5,037 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+4,285 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+3,010 people)
  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+2,940 people)

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