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Rockhampton

Service age groups

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Rockhampton had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than Regional QLD in 2016.

The Age Structure of Rockhampton provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Rockhampton'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 Rockhampton'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 - Service age groups
Rockhampton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) 5,507 6.9 6.1 5,622 7.3 6.8 -115
Primary schoolers (5 to 11) 7,728 9.7 9.4 7,329 9.5 9.5 +399
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) 6,784 8.5 7.7 6,965 9.1 8.3 -181
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) 7,511 9.4 8.3 7,656 10.0 8.5 -145
Young workforce (25 to 34) 11,087 13.9 12.4 10,301 13.4 12.4 +786
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) 14,667 18.4 19.6 15,003 19.5 21.0 -336
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) 10,284 12.9 13.4 9,495 12.4 13.2 +789
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) 7,865 9.9 11.7 6,986 9.1 10.7 +879
Seniors (70 to 84) 6,675 8.4 9.4 6,142 8.0 8.0 +533
Elderly aged (85 and over) 1,609 2.0 1.9 1,327 1.7 1.7 +282
Total79,717100.0100.076,826100.0100.0+2,891
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 Rockhampton in 2016 compared to Regional QLD 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, 25.1% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 20.3% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 23.2% and 23.0% respectively for Regional QLD.

The major differences between the age structure of Rockhampton and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (13.9% compared to 12.4%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (9.4% compared to 8.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (9.9% compared to 11.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (18.4% compared to 19.6%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Rockhampton's population increased by 2,891 people (3.8%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.74% 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) (+879 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+789 people)
  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+786 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+533 people)