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Central Coast Council area

Service age groups

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The Central Coast Council area had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Regional TAS 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?'

Age structure - Service age groups
Central Coast Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Regional TAS %Number%Regional TAS %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)1,0825.15.41,2405.86.2-158
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)1,7708.38.51,8598.78.8-89
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)1,5967.57.31,8548.78.3-258
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)1,5417.27.81,4386.77.8+103
Young workforce (25 to 34)1,9379.110.21,9229.010.3+15
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)3,67817.218.14,33220.320.1-654
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)3,43416.114.83,26015.314.5+174
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)3,13314.714.22,73812.812.5+395
Seniors (70 to 84)2,67312.511.32,26810.69.5+405
Elderly aged (85 and over)5222.42.34472.12.0+75
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 the Central Coast Council area in 2016 compared to Regional TAS 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, 20.8% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 29.6% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 21.2% and 27.9% respectively for Regional TAS.

The major differences between the age structure of the Central Coast Council area and Regional TAS were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)' (16.1% compared to 14.8%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (12.5% compared to 11.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (9.1% compared to 10.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (17.2% compared to 18.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Central Coast Council area's population increased by 8 people (0.0%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.01% 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) (-654 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+405 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+395 people)
  • Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) (-258 people)