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Education institution attending

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

20% of people in the Gunnedah Shire attended an educational institution in 2016.

The share of the Gunnedah Shire's population attending educational institutions reflects the age structure of the population, as it is influenced by the number of children attending school; proximity to tertiary education, which can mean young adults leaving home to be nearer to educational facilities and; the degree to which people are seeking out educational opportunities in adulthood, especially in their late teens and early twenties.

This data is often combined with Age Structure to identify areas with significant university student populations.

Derived from the Census question:

'What type of educational institution is the person attending?'

Total population

Education institution attending
Gunnedah Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Type of institutionNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Pre-school
2942.41.82482.11.9+46
Primary school
1,0618.78.21,0758.98.2-14
Primary - Government
6765.55.76465.35.7+30
Primary - Catholic
3282.71.73542.91.7-26
Primary - Independent
570.50.7750.60.8-18
Secondary school
6655.46.27946.66.7-129
Secondary - Government
3152.63.94473.74.5-132
Secondary - Catholic
2862.31.42702.21.4+16
Secondary - Independent
640.50.8770.60.8-13
map this data in atlas.idTAFE2181.81.92392.02.5-21
map this data in atlas.idUniversity1871.53.11591.32.9+28
Other
480.40.5390.30.5+9
map this data in atlas.idNot attending8,61770.670.18,57270.970.5+45
Not stated
1,1179.28.29587.96.8+159

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Education institution attending, 2016
Education institution attending, 2016 Pre-school, Regional NSW: 1.8% Primary school, Regional NSW: 8.2% Primary - Government, Regional NSW: 5.7% Primary - Catholic, Regional NSW: 1.7% Primary - Independent, Regional NSW: 0.7% Secondary school, Regional NSW: 6.2% Secondary - Government, Regional NSW: 3.9% Secondary - Catholic, Regional NSW: 1.4% Secondary - Independent, Regional NSW: 0.8% TAFE, Regional NSW: 1.9% University, Regional NSW: 3.1% Other, Regional NSW: 0.5% Pre-school, Gunnedah Shire: 2.4% Primary school, Gunnedah Shire: 8.7% Primary - Government, Gunnedah Shire: 5.5% Primary - Catholic, Gunnedah Shire: 2.7% Primary - Independent, Gunnedah Shire: 0.5% Secondary school, Gunnedah Shire: 5.4% Secondary - Government, Gunnedah Shire: 2.6% Secondary - Catholic, Gunnedah Shire: 2.3% Secondary - Independent, Gunnedah Shire: 0.5% TAFE, Gunnedah Shire: 1.8% University, Gunnedah Shire: 1.5% Other, Gunnedah Shire: 0.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in education institution attending, 2011 to 2016
Change in education institution attending, 2011 to 2016 Pre-school, Gunnedah Shire: +46 Primary school, Gunnedah Shire: -14 Primary - Government, Gunnedah Shire: +30 Primary - Catholic, Gunnedah Shire: -26 Primary - Independent, Gunnedah Shire: -18 Secondary school, Gunnedah Shire: -129 Secondary - Government, Gunnedah Shire: -132 Secondary - Catholic, Gunnedah Shire: +16 Secondary - Independent, Gunnedah Shire: -13 TAFE, Gunnedah Shire: -21 University, Gunnedah Shire: +28 Other, Gunnedah Shire: +9
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the share of the population attending educational institutions in the Gunnedah Shire in 2016 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a higher proportion attending primary school, a lower proportion attending secondary school, and a lower proportion engaged in tertiary level education.

Overall, 8.7% of the population were attending primary school, 5.4% of the population were attending secondary institutions, and 3.3% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 8.2%, 6.2% and 5.0% respectively for Regional NSW.

The major differences between the share of the population attending learning institutions in the Gunnedah Shire and Regional NSW were:

  • A smaller percentage of persons attending University (1.5% compared to 3.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons attending a Catholic secondary school (2.6% compared to 3.9%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Gunnedah Shire's population increased by 123 people (+1.0%). This represents an average annual change of 0.2% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the number of persons attending education institutions in the Gunnedah Shire, between 2011 and 2016 were in those who nominated:

  • Secondary - Government (-132 persons)
  • Secondary school (-129 persons)

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