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Service age groups

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The Hills Shire had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a similar proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Sydney in 2016.

The Age Structure of The Hills Shire provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of The Hills Shire'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 The Hills Shire'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
The Hills Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idBabies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)9,7726.26.49,5746.76.8+197
map this data in atlas.idPrimary schoolers (5 to 11)16,93210.88.815,01510.68.7+1,917
map this data in atlas.idSecondary schoolers (12 to 17)13,8388.86.912,7449.07.4+1,093
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)14,0478.99.613,2909.49.5+757
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)16,50510.516.115,09810.615.4+1,406
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)35,50822.621.132,80123.121.9+2,706
map this data in atlas.idOlder workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)20,63013.112.219,40713.712.2+1,222
map this data in atlas.idEmpty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)16,69910.69.514,61210.39.0+2,087
map this data in atlas.idSeniors (70 to 84)11,3207.27.57,8445.57.2+3,475
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)2,0001.32.01,5661.11.8+434

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), Greater Sydney: 6.4% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Greater Sydney: 8.8% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Greater Sydney: 6.9% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Greater Sydney: 9.6% Young workforce (25 to 34), Greater Sydney: 16.1% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Greater Sydney: 21.1% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Greater Sydney: 12.2% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Greater Sydney: 9.5% Seniors (70 to 84), Greater Sydney: 7.5% Elderly aged (85 and over), Greater Sydney: 2.0% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), The Hills Shire: 6.2% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), The Hills Shire: 10.8% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), The Hills Shire: 8.8% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), The Hills Shire: 8.9% Young workforce (25 to 34), The Hills Shire: 10.5% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), The Hills Shire: 22.6% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), The Hills Shire: 13.1% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), The Hills Shire: 10.6% Seniors (70 to 84), The Hills Shire: 7.2% Elderly aged (85 and over), The Hills Shire: 1.3%
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), The Hills Shire: +197 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), The Hills Shire: +1,917 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), The Hills Shire: +1,093 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), The Hills Shire: +757 Young workforce (25 to 34), The Hills Shire: +1,406 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), The Hills Shire: +2,706 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), The Hills Shire: +1,222 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), The Hills Shire: +2,087 Seniors (70 to 84), The Hills Shire: +3,475 Elderly aged (85 and over), The Hills Shire: +434
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 The Hills Shire in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a similar proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 25.8% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 19.1% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 22.2% and 19.0% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the age structure of The Hills Shire and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Primary schoolers' (10.8% compared to 8.8%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Secondary schoolers' (8.8% compared to 6.9%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders' (22.6% compared to 21.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce' (10.5% compared to 16.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, The Hills Shire's population increased by 15,295 people (10.8%). This represents an average annual population change of 2.07% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+3,475 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+2,706 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+2,087 people)
  • Primary schoolers (5 to 11) (+1,917 people)

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