Five year age groups
There were 318 people over the age of 85 living in the Gunnedah Shire in 2016, with largest age group being 0 to 4 year olds.
The Age Structure of the Gunnedah Shire 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 Gunnedah Shire'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.
Derived from the Census question:
'What is the person's date of birth or age?'
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Analysis of the five year age groups of the Gunnedah Shire in 2016 compared to Regional NSW 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, 20.6% of the population was aged between 0 and 15, and 19.0% were aged 65 years and over, compared with 18.4% and 20.6% respectively for Regional NSW.
The major differences between the age structure of the Gunnedah Shire and Regional NSW were:
- A larger percentage of persons aged 0 to 4 (7.5% compared to 5.8%)
- A larger percentage of persons aged 25 to 29 (6.5% compared to 5.5%)
- A larger percentage of persons aged 5 to 9 (7.2% compared to 6.4%)
- A smaller percentage of persons aged 65 to 69 (5.4% compared to 6.4%)
From 2011 to 2016, Gunnedah Shire's population increased by 151 people (1.2%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.25% per year over the period.
The largest changes in age structure in this area between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:
- 25 to 29 (+166 persons)
- 15 to 19 (-157 persons)
- 10 to 14 (-131 persons)
- 30 to 34 (+125 persons)