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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Five year age groups

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There were 5,955 people over the age of 85 living in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016, with largest age group being 5 to 9 year olds.

The Age Structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is also an indicator of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's residential role and function and how it is likely to change in the future.

Five year age groups present a classic age profile of the population. Each age group covers exactly five years, which enables direct comparison between each group.

To get a more complete picture the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Household Types and Dwelling Types.

Q:

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's date of birth or age?'

Age structure - Five year age groups
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Five year age groups (years)Number%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
0 to 417,2556.56.118,6427.46.8-1,387
5 to 918,9077.26.717,9557.16.7+952
10 to 1417,8406.86.518,7317.46.9-891
15 to 1916,8326.46.217,4046.96.7-572
20 to 2415,6565.96.014,5635.86.0+1,093
25 to 2915,8836.06.114,8345.96.3+1,049
30 to 3415,7876.06.314,2745.66.1+1,513
35 to 3914,8205.66.116,0396.36.8-1,219
40 to 4416,3056.26.716,9016.77.1-596
45 to 4917,2746.56.916,7496.67.1+525
50 to 5417,0246.46.817,2146.86.9-190
55 to 5917,4036.66.615,4686.16.2+1,935
60 to 6415,7576.06.014,9715.96.0+786
65 to 6914,9965.75.712,1814.84.7+2,815
70 to 7411,7794.54.39,5313.83.5+2,248
75 to 798,6423.33.07,2522.92.6+1,390
80 to 846,0532.32.05,4082.11.9+645
85 and over5,9552.31.94,8281.91.7+1,127
Total population264,168100.0100.0252,945100.0100.0+11,223
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 five year age groups of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (under 15) as well as a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (65+).

Overall, 20.4% of the population was aged between 0 and 15, and 18.0% were aged 65 years and over, compared with 19.3% and 17.0% respectively for Regional QLD.

The major difference between the age structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Regional QLD is:

  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 40 to 44 (6.2% compared to 6.7%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's population increased by 11,223 people (4.4%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.87% per year over the period.

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

  • 65 to 69 (+2,815 persons)
  • 70 to 74 (+2,248 persons)
  • 55 to 59 (+1,935 persons)
  • 30 to 34 (+1,513 persons)