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Greater Western Sydney Region

Five year age groups

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There were 31,400 people over the age of 85 living in the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016, with largest age group being 30 to 34 year olds.

The Age Structure of the Greater Western Sydney Region provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is also an indicator of the Greater Western Sydney Region's residential role and function and how it is likely to change in the future.

Five year age groups present a classic age profile of the population. Each age group covers exactly five years, which enables direct comparison between each group.

To get a more complete picture the Greater Western Sydney Region'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 - Five year age groups
Greater Western Sydney Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Five year age groups (years)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
0 to 4156,4347.36.4145,4167.56.8+11,018
5 to 9155,6877.26.4137,6707.16.3+18,016
10 to 14141,9066.65.8137,2937.16.1+4,613
15 to 19142,7166.66.0139,0667.26.3+3,649
20 to 24149,8546.97.1136,6927.07.0+13,162
25 to 29158,2127.37.9142,5237.37.8+15,689
30 to 34169,2737.88.1139,9877.27.7+29,286
35 to 39156,9857.37.4141,5597.37.6+15,426
40 to 44149,3496.97.1137,2597.17.3+12,090
45 to 49140,7706.56.7134,8986.97.0+5,872
50 to 54135,7176.36.3128,9296.66.5+6,787
55 to 59127,4585.95.8112,4295.85.7+15,028
60 to 64108,8515.05.097,8365.05.1+11,014
65 to 6992,0244.34.468,9083.53.8+23,116
70 to 7463,9903.03.350,6102.62.9+13,379
75 to 7945,5332.12.437,7831.92.3+7,749
80 to 8431,3931.51.828,9841.51.9+2,409
85 and over31,4001.52.025,4321.31.8+5,967
Total population2,157,552100.0100.01,943,283100.0100.0+214,269
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 five year age groups of the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (under 15) and a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (65+).

Overall, 21.0% of the population was aged between 0 and 15, and 12.3% were aged 65 years and over, compared with 18.7% and 13.9% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the age structure of the Greater Western Sydney Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons aged 0 to 4 (7.3% compared to 6.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 5 to 9 (7.2% compared to 6.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 10 to 14 (6.6% compared to 5.8%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 15 to 19 (6.6% compared to 6.0%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Greater Western Sydney Region's population increased by 214,269 people (11.0%). This represents an average annual population change of 2.11% per year over the period.

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

  • 30 to 34 (+29,286 persons)
  • 65 to 69 (+23,116 persons)
  • 5 to 9 (+18,016 persons)
  • 25 to 29 (+15,689 persons)

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