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Macarthur Region

Service age groups

The Macarthur Region had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Sydney in 2011.

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 last birthday)?'

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
Macarthur Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)18,6417.66.817,9097.76.6+732
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)25,80210.58.726,50111.49.1-699
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)22,9279.37.424,13710.47.9-1,210
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)24,57810.09.523,92610.39.9+652
Young workforce (25 to 34)32,81013.315.431,50913.515.3+1,301
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)52,02621.221.951,73922.222.5+287
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)32,15613.112.229,91712.812.2+2,239
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)21,7848.99.015,1526.57.8+6,632
Seniors (70 to 84)12,6275.17.210,3794.57.3+2,248
Elderly aged (85 and over)2,5971.11.81,8720.81.6+725

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), Greater Sydney: 6.8% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Greater Sydney: 8.7% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Greater Sydney: 7.4% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Greater Sydney: 9.5% Young workforce (25 to 34), Greater Sydney: 15.4% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Greater Sydney: 21.9% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Greater Sydney: 12.2% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Greater Sydney: 9.0% Seniors (70 to 84), Greater Sydney: 7.2% Elderly aged (85 and over), Greater Sydney: 1.8% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Macarthur Region: 7.6% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Macarthur Region: 10.5% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Macarthur Region: 9.3% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Macarthur Region: 10.0% Young workforce (25 to 34), Macarthur Region: 13.3% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Macarthur Region: 21.2% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Macarthur Region: 13.1% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Macarthur Region: 8.9% Seniors (70 to 84), Macarthur Region: 5.1% Elderly aged (85 and over), Macarthur Region: 1.1%
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), Macarthur Region: +732 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Macarthur Region: -699 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Macarthur Region: -1,210 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Macarthur Region: +652 Young workforce (25 to 34), Macarthur Region: +1,301 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Macarthur Region: +287 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Macarthur Region: +2,239 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Macarthur Region: +6,632 Seniors (70 to 84), Macarthur Region: +2,248 Elderly aged (85 and over), Macarthur Region: +725
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 Macarthur Region in 2011 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, 27.4% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 15.0% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 22.9% and 18.0% respectively for Greater Sydney.

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

  • A larger percentage of 'Secondary schoolers' (9.3% compared to 7.4%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Primary schoolers' (10.5% compared to 8.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce' (13.3% compared to 15.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Seniors' (5.1% compared to 7.2%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Macarthur Region's population increased by 12,907 people (5.5%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.08% per year over the period.

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

  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+6,632 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+2,248 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+2,239 people)
  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+1,301 people)

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