Central Coast Council area
Service age groups
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.
Derived from the Census question:
'What is the person's date of birth or age?'
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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 (70 to 84)' (11.7% compared to 7.5%)
- A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (12.3% compared to 9.5%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (10.8% compared to 16.1%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (18.6% compared to 21.1%)
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)