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Service age groups

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The Gunnedah Shire had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than Regional NSW in 2016.

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?'

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
Gunnedah Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idBabies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)9187.55.88817.36.3+37
map this data in atlas.idPrimary schoolers (5 to 11)1,1819.78.91,1669.69.0+15
map this data in atlas.idSecondary schoolers (12 to 17)8547.07.31,0658.88.2-211
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)9337.67.99688.08.1-35
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)1,52012.511.01,23510.210.4+285
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)2,14017.518.02,22318.419.5-83
map this data in atlas.idOlder workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)1,60813.213.81,67313.813.9-65
map this data in atlas.idEmpty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)1,39211.413.11,34311.111.9+49
map this data in atlas.idSeniors (70 to 84)1,34111.011.41,26410.510.3+77
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)3182.62.72672.22.3+51

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

Age structure - service age groups, 2016
Age structure - service age groups, 2016 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Regional NSW: 5.8% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Regional NSW: 8.9% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Regional NSW: 7.3% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Regional NSW: 7.9% Young workforce (25 to 34), Regional NSW: 11.0% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Regional NSW: 18.0% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Regional NSW: 13.8% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Regional NSW: 13.1% Seniors (70 to 84), Regional NSW: 11.4% Elderly aged (85 and over), Regional NSW: 2.7% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Gunnedah Shire: 7.5% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Gunnedah Shire: 9.7% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Gunnedah Shire: 7.0% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Gunnedah Shire: 7.6% Young workforce (25 to 34), Gunnedah Shire: 12.5% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Gunnedah Shire: 17.5% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Gunnedah Shire: 13.2% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Gunnedah Shire: 11.4% Seniors (70 to 84), Gunnedah Shire: 11.0% Elderly aged (85 and over), Gunnedah Shire: 2.6%
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 age structure - service age groups, 2011 to 2016
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2011 to 2016 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Gunnedah Shire: +37 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Gunnedah Shire: +15 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Gunnedah Shire: -211 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Gunnedah Shire: -35 Young workforce (25 to 34), Gunnedah Shire: +285 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Gunnedah Shire: -83 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Gunnedah Shire: -65 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Gunnedah Shire: +49 Seniors (70 to 84), Gunnedah Shire: +77 Elderly aged (85 and over), Gunnedah Shire: +51
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 service 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 (0 to 17 years) and a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 24.2% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 25.0% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 22.1% and 27.2% 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' (7.5% compared to 5.8%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Young workforce' (12.5% compared to 11.0%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Primary schoolers' (9.7% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees' (11.4% compared to 13.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Gunnedah Shire's population increased by 120 people (1.0%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.2% 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) (+285 people)
  • Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) (-211 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (-83 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+77 people)

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