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City of Newcastle

Service age groups

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The City of Newcastle had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than Regional NSW in 2016.

The Age Structure of the City of Newcastle provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of the City of Newcastle'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 City of Newcastle'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
City of Newcastle - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)9,1135.95.89,0026.16.3+111
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)12,3207.98.911,5857.89.0+735
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)9,5736.27.39,6306.58.2-57
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)17,80811.57.917,07811.58.1+730
Young workforce (25 to 34)23,89815.411.022,07914.910.4+1,819
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)29,93619.318.029,83220.119.5+104
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)19,58012.613.818,60212.513.9+978
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)15,70910.113.113,9209.411.9+1,789
Seniors (70 to 84)13,3378.611.412,9538.710.3+384
Elderly aged (85 and over)4,1482.72.73,8502.62.3+298
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of the City of Newcastle in 2016 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a lower proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) as well as a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 19.9% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 21.4% 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 City of Newcastle and Regional NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (15.4% compared to 11.0%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (11.5% compared to 7.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (10.1% compared to 13.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (8.6% compared to 11.4%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, City of Newcastle's population increased by 6,891 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 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+1,819 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+1,789 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+978 people)
  • Primary schoolers (5 to 11) (+735 people)

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