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City of Darwin

Service age groups

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City of Darwin had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Darwin in 2016.

The Age Structure of City of Darwin provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of City of Darwin'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 City of Darwin's Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Household Types and Dwelling Types.

Q:

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's date of birth or age?'

Age structure - Service age groups
City of Darwin - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) 5,345 6.8 7.4 4,864 6.7 7.4 +481
Primary schoolers (5 to 11) 6,563 8.3 9.2 6,214 8.5 9.5 +349
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) 5,249 6.7 7.0 5,694 7.8 8.2 -445
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) 6,827 8.7 9.1 7,320 10.0 10.4 -493
Young workforce (25 to 34) 16,277 20.7 19.6 13,469 18.5 17.5 +2,808
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) 17,859 22.7 23.3 16,748 23.0 23.5 +1,111
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) 9,702 12.3 12.2 9,539 13.1 12.5 +163
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) 6,953 8.8 8.0 6,030 8.3 7.4 +923
Seniors (70 to 84) 3,554 4.5 3.8 2,764 3.8 3.3 +790
Elderly aged (85 and over) 470 0.6 0.5 312 0.4 0.3 +158
Total78,799100.0100.072,954100.0100.0+5,845
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of City of Darwin in 2016 compared to Greater Darwin 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, 21.8% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 13.9% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 23.6% and 12.3% respectively for Greater Darwin.

The major differences between the age structure of City of Darwin and Greater Darwin were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (20.7% compared to 19.6%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (8.8% compared to 8.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Primary schoolers (5 to 11)' (8.3% compared to 9.2%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, City of Darwin's population increased by 5,845 people (8.0%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.55% per year over the period.

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

  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+2,808 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+1,111 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+923 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+790 people)