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Macarthur Region

Service age groups

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The Macarthur Region had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Sydney in 2016.

The Age Structure of the Macarthur Region provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of the Macarthur Region'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 Macarthur Region'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?'

Age structure - Service age groups
Macarthur Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)21,4707.66.418,6417.66.8+2,829
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)29,85010.58.825,80210.58.7+4,048
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)23,6168.36.922,9279.37.4+689
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)26,9259.59.624,57810.09.5+2,347
Young workforce (25 to 34)40,91614.416.132,81013.315.4+8,106
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)57,90820.421.152,02621.221.9+5,882
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)34,89412.312.232,15613.112.2+2,738
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)27,6399.79.521,7848.99.0+5,855
Seniors (70 to 84)17,2396.17.512,6275.17.2+4,612
Elderly aged (85 and over)3,2981.22.02,5971.11.8+701
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of the Macarthur Region in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney 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, 26.4% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 17.0% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 22.2% and 19.0% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the age structure of the Macarthur Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Primary schoolers (5 to 11)' (10.5% compared to 8.8%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)' (8.3% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (14.4% compared to 16.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (6.1% compared to 7.5%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Macarthur Region's population increased by 37,807 people (15.4%). This represents an average annual population change of 2.9% 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) (+8,106 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+5,882 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+5,855 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+4,612 people)