Service age groups
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.
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 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%)
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)