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Gunnedah Shire

Service age groups

The Gunnedah Shire had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than Regional NSW in 2011.

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 an indicator of the Gunnedah Shire'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 the Gunnedah Shire'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
Gunnedah Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Service age group (years)Number%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idBabies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)8817.36.37406.46.1+141
map this data in atlas.idPrimary schoolers (5 to 11)1,1669.69.01,27611.09.7-110
map this data in atlas.idSecondary schoolers (12 to 17)1,0658.88.21,0879.48.8-22
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)9688.08.18107.08.0+158
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)1,23510.210.41,0969.510.8+139
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)2,22318.419.52,37520.620.9-152
map this data in atlas.idOlder workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)1,67313.813.91,52113.213.6+152
map this data in atlas.idEmpty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)1,34311.111.91,24310.810.3+100
map this data in atlas.idSeniors (70 to 84)1,26410.510.31,20310.49.8+61
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)2672.22.31981.71.9+69

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), Regional NSW: 6.3% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Regional NSW: 9.0% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Regional NSW: 8.2% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Regional NSW: 8.1% Young workforce (25 to 34), Regional NSW: 10.4% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Regional NSW: 19.5% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Regional NSW: 13.9% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Regional NSW: 11.9% Seniors (70 to 84), Regional NSW: 10.3% Elderly aged (85 and over), Regional NSW: 2.3% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Gunnedah Shire: 7.3% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Gunnedah Shire: 9.6% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Gunnedah Shire: 8.8% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Gunnedah Shire: 8.0% Young workforce (25 to 34), Gunnedah Shire: 10.2% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Gunnedah Shire: 18.4% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Gunnedah Shire: 13.8% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Gunnedah Shire: 11.1% Seniors (70 to 84), Gunnedah Shire: 10.5% Elderly aged (85 and over), Gunnedah Shire: 2.2%
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), Gunnedah Shire: +141 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Gunnedah Shire: -110 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Gunnedah Shire: -22 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Gunnedah Shire: +158 Young workforce (25 to 34), Gunnedah Shire: +139 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Gunnedah Shire: -152 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Gunnedah Shire: +152 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Gunnedah Shire: +100 Seniors (70 to 84), Gunnedah Shire: +61 Elderly aged (85 and over), Gunnedah Shire: +69
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 the Gunnedah Shire in 2011 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 25.8% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 23.8% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 23.6% and 24.5% respectively for Regional NSW.

The major differences between the age structure of the Gunnedah Shire and Regional NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Babies and pre-schoolers' (7.3% compared to 6.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders' (18.4% compared to 19.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees' (11.1% compared to 11.9%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Gunnedah Shire's population increased by 536 people (4.6%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.91% per year over the period.

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

  • Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) (+158 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (-152 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+152 people)
  • Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) (+141 people)

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