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Parkes Shire

Service age groups

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Parkes 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 Parkes Shire provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Parkes 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 Parkes 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?'

Age structure - Service age groups
Parkes Shire - 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)9386.45.81,0437.16.3-105
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)1,4519.98.91,52910.59.0-78
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)1,1818.17.31,3869.58.2-205
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)1,2018.27.91,0437.18.1+158
Young workforce (25 to 34)1,53910.511.01,52210.410.4+17
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)2,46916.918.02,72118.619.5-252
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)1,99213.613.81,90713.113.9+85
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)1,76312.113.11,50410.311.9+259
Seniors (70 to 84)1,63411.211.41,57210.810.3+62
Elderly aged (85 and over)4383.02.73652.52.3+73
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 Parkes 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, 24.4% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 26.3% 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 Parkes Shire and Regional NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Primary schoolers (5 to 11)' (9.9% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (16.9% compared to 18.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (12.1% compared to 13.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Parkes Shire's population increased by 14 people (0.1%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.02% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+259 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (-252 people)
  • Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) (-205 people)
  • Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) (+158 people)