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Service age groups

City of Darwin had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Darwin in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's date of birth (or age last birthday)?'

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
City of Darwin - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idBabies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)4,8646.77.44,4276.77.6+437
map this data in atlas.idPrimary schoolers (5 to 11)6,2148.59.56,1969.310.6+18
map this data in atlas.idSecondary schoolers (12 to 17)5,6947.88.25,5978.48.8+97
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)7,32010.010.46,94410.510.1+376
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)13,46918.517.511,31817.116.7+2,151
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)16,74823.023.515,94224.124.6+806
map this data in atlas.idOlder workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)9,53913.112.59,15713.812.7+382
map this data in atlas.idEmpty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)6,0308.37.44,4266.75.9+1,604
map this data in atlas.idSeniors (70 to 84)2,7643.83.32,0373.12.7+727
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)3120.40.32420.40.3+70

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Age structure - service age groups, 2011
Age structure - service age groups, 2011 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Greater Darwin: 7.4% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Greater Darwin: 9.5% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Greater Darwin: 8.2% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Greater Darwin: 10.4% Young workforce (25 to 34), Greater Darwin: 17.5% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Greater Darwin: 23.5% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Greater Darwin: 12.5% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Greater Darwin: 7.4% Seniors (70 to 84), Greater Darwin: 3.3% Elderly aged (85 and over), Greater Darwin: 0.3% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), City of Darwin: 6.7% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), City of Darwin: 8.5% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), City of Darwin: 7.8% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), City of Darwin: 10.0% Young workforce (25 to 34), City of Darwin: 18.5% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), City of Darwin: 23.0% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), City of Darwin: 13.1% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), City of Darwin: 8.3% Seniors (70 to 84), City of Darwin: 3.8% Elderly aged (85 and over), City of Darwin: 0.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2006 to 2011
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2006 to 2011 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), City of Darwin: +437 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), City of Darwin: +18 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), City of Darwin: +97 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), City of Darwin: +376 Young workforce (25 to 34), City of Darwin: +2,151 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), City of Darwin: +806 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), City of Darwin: +382 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), City of Darwin: +1,604 Seniors (70 to 84), City of Darwin: +727 Elderly aged (85 and over), City of Darwin: +70
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of City of Darwin in 2011 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, 23.0% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 12.5% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 25.1% and 11.0% 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' (18.5% compared to 17.5%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees' (8.3% compared to 7.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Primary schoolers' (8.5% compared to 9.5%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, City of Darwin's population increased by 6,668 people (10.1%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.94% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2006 and 2011 were in the age groups:

  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+2,151 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+1,604 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+806 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+727 people)

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