RDA Darling Downs and South West Region
Five year age groups
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.
Derived from the Census question:
'What is the person's date of birth or age?'
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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%)
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)