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The Hills Shire

Service age groups

The Hills Shire had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Sydney in 2011.

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 last birthday)?'

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
The Hills Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idBabies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)9,5746.76.89,1506.96.6+424
map this data in atlas.idPrimary schoolers (5 to 11)15,01510.68.714,00310.69.1+1,011
map this data in atlas.idSecondary schoolers (12 to 17)12,7449.07.412,4959.47.9+250
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)13,2909.49.513,0839.99.9+207
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)15,09810.615.415,88412.015.3-785
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)32,80123.121.930,86123.322.5+1,940
map this data in atlas.idOlder workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)19,40713.712.219,03714.412.2+370
map this data in atlas.idEmpty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)14,61210.39.010,7218.17.8+3,891
map this data in atlas.idSeniors (70 to 84)7,8445.57.26,0594.67.3+1,786
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)1,5661.11.81,0510.81.6+515

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), Greater Sydney: 6.8% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Greater Sydney: 8.7% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Greater Sydney: 7.4% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Greater Sydney: 9.5% Young workforce (25 to 34), Greater Sydney: 15.4% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Greater Sydney: 21.9% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Greater Sydney: 12.2% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Greater Sydney: 9.0% Seniors (70 to 84), Greater Sydney: 7.2% Elderly aged (85 and over), Greater Sydney: 1.8% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), The Hills Shire: 6.7% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), The Hills Shire: 10.6% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), The Hills Shire: 9.0% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), The Hills Shire: 9.4% Young workforce (25 to 34), The Hills Shire: 10.6% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), The Hills Shire: 23.1% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), The Hills Shire: 13.7% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), The Hills Shire: 10.3% Seniors (70 to 84), The Hills Shire: 5.5% Elderly aged (85 and over), The Hills Shire: 1.1%
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), The Hills Shire: +424 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), The Hills Shire: +1,011 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), The Hills Shire: +250 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), The Hills Shire: +207 Young workforce (25 to 34), The Hills Shire: -785 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), The Hills Shire: +1,940 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), The Hills Shire: +370 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), The Hills Shire: +3,891 Seniors (70 to 84), The Hills Shire: +1,786 Elderly aged (85 and over), The Hills Shire: +515
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 The Hills Shire in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney 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, 26.3% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 16.9% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 22.9% and 18.0% 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' (10.6% compared to 8.7%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Secondary schoolers' (9.0% compared to 7.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce' (10.6% compared to 15.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Seniors' (5.5% compared to 7.2%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, The Hills Shire's population increased by 9,609 people (7.3%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.41% per year over the period.

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

  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+3,891 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+1,940 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+1,786 people)
  • Primary schoolers (5 to 11) (+1,011 people)

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