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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 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's date of birth (or age last birthday)?'

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
Rockhampton - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Service age group (years)Number%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idBabies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)5,6227.36.84,8466.76.5+776
map this data in atlas.idPrimary schoolers (5 to 11)7,3299.59.57,36410.29.9-35
map this data in atlas.idSecondary schoolers (12 to 17)6,9659.18.36,9449.68.7+21
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)7,65610.08.57,46110.38.7+195
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)10,30113.412.48,95912.412.5+1,342
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)15,00319.521.014,89120.621.9+112
map this data in atlas.idOlder workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)9,49512.413.28,69912.013.2+796
map this data in atlas.idEmpty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)6,9869.110.76,0498.49.4+937
map this data in atlas.idSeniors (70 to 84)6,1428.08.05,8688.17.8+274
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)1,3271.71.71,2121.71.4+115

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Age structure - service age groups, 2011
Age structure - service age groups, 2011 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Regional QLD: 6.8% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Regional QLD: 9.5% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Regional QLD: 8.3% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Regional QLD: 8.5% Young workforce (25 to 34), Regional QLD: 12.4% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Regional QLD: 21.0% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Regional QLD: 13.2% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Regional QLD: 10.7% Seniors (70 to 84), Regional QLD: 8.0% Elderly aged (85 and over), Regional QLD: 1.7% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Rockhampton: 7.3% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Rockhampton: 9.5% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Rockhampton: 9.1% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Rockhampton: 10.0% Young workforce (25 to 34), Rockhampton: 13.4% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Rockhampton: 19.5% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Rockhampton: 12.4% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Rockhampton: 9.1% Seniors (70 to 84), Rockhampton: 8.0% Elderly aged (85 and over), Rockhampton: 1.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2006 to 2011
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2006 to 2011 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Rockhampton: +776 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Rockhampton: -35 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Rockhampton: +21 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Rockhampton: +195 Young workforce (25 to 34), Rockhampton: +1,342 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Rockhampton: +112 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Rockhampton: +796 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Rockhampton: +937 Seniors (70 to 84), Rockhampton: +274 Elderly aged (85 and over), Rockhampton: +115
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of Rockhampton in 2011 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, 25.9% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 18.8% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 24.6% and 20.4% respectively for Regional QLD.

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

  • A larger percentage of 'Tertiary education & independence' (10.0% compared to 8.5%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Young workforce' (13.4% compared to 12.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees' (9.1% compared to 10.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders' (19.5% compared to 21.0%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Rockhampton's population increased by 4,533 people (6.3%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.22% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2006 and 2011 were in the age groups:

  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+1,342 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+937 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+796 people)
  • Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) (+776 people)

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