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The Hills Shire

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.

Q:

Derived from the Census question:

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

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
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) 9,772 6.2 6.4 9,574 6.7 6.8 +197
Primary schoolers (5 to 11) 16,932 10.8 8.8 15,015 10.6 8.7 +1,917
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) 13,838 8.8 6.9 12,744 9.0 7.4 +1,093
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) 14,047 8.9 9.6 13,290 9.4 9.5 +757
Young workforce (25 to 34) 16,505 10.5 16.1 15,098 10.6 15.4 +1,406
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) 35,508 22.6 21.1 32,801 23.1 21.9 +2,706
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) 20,630 13.1 12.2 19,407 13.7 12.2 +1,222
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) 16,699 10.6 9.5 14,612 10.3 9.0 +2,087
Seniors (70 to 84) 11,320 7.2 7.5 7,844 5.5 7.2 +3,475
Elderly aged (85 and over) 2,000 1.3 2.0 1,566 1.1 1.8 +434
Total157,251100.0100.0141,956100.0100.0+15,294
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

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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 (5 to 11)' (10.8% compared to 8.8%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)' (8.8% compared to 6.9%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (22.6% compared to 21.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (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)