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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.

Derived from the Census question:

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

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
Rockhampton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idBabies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)5,5076.96.15,6227.36.8-115
map this data in atlas.idPrimary schoolers (5 to 11)7,7289.79.47,3299.59.5+399
map this data in atlas.idSecondary schoolers (12 to 17)6,7848.57.76,9659.18.3-181
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)7,5119.48.37,65610.08.5-145
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)11,08713.912.410,30113.412.4+786
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)14,66718.419.615,00319.521.0-336
map this data in atlas.idOlder workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)10,28412.913.49,49512.413.2+789
map this data in atlas.idEmpty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)7,8659.911.76,9869.110.7+879
map this data in atlas.idSeniors (70 to 84)6,6758.49.46,1428.08.0+533
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)1,6092.01.91,3271.71.7+282

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Age structure - service age groups, 2016
Age structure - service age groups, 2016 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Regional QLD: 6.1% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Regional QLD: 9.4% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Regional QLD: 7.7% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Regional QLD: 8.3% Young workforce (25 to 34), Regional QLD: 12.4% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Regional QLD: 19.6% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Regional QLD: 13.4% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Regional QLD: 11.7% Seniors (70 to 84), Regional QLD: 9.4% Elderly aged (85 and over), Regional QLD: 1.9% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Rockhampton: 6.9% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Rockhampton: 9.7% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Rockhampton: 8.5% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Rockhampton: 9.4% Young workforce (25 to 34), Rockhampton: 13.9% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Rockhampton: 18.4% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Rockhampton: 12.9% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Rockhampton: 9.9% Seniors (70 to 84), Rockhampton: 8.4% Elderly aged (85 and over), Rockhampton: 2.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2011 to 2016
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2011 to 2016 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Rockhampton: -115 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Rockhampton: +399 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Rockhampton: -181 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Rockhampton: -145 Young workforce (25 to 34), Rockhampton: +786 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Rockhampton: -336 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Rockhampton: +789 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Rockhampton: +879 Seniors (70 to 84), Rockhampton: +533 Elderly aged (85 and over), Rockhampton: +282
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 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' (13.9% compared to 12.4%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Tertiary education & independence' (9.4% compared to 8.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees' (9.9% compared to 11.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders' (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)

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