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Service age groups

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The WSROC Region had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Sydney in 2016.

The Age Structure of the WSROC Region provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of the WSROC Region'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 WSROC Region'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
WSROC Region - 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)110,8267.36.4103,3997.56.8+7,426
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)147,0989.78.8133,6089.78.7+13,489
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)115,8457.66.9115,4258.47.4+419
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)146,9589.79.6136,1339.99.5+10,825
Young workforce (25 to 34)242,34715.916.1209,90515.315.4+32,442
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)315,70220.821.1292,28321.321.9+23,419
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)183,41812.112.2167,67912.212.2+15,738
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)138,5349.19.5114,7278.49.0+23,807
Seniors (70 to 84)97,5876.47.582,5106.07.2+15,077
Elderly aged (85 and over)21,5571.42.017,3501.31.8+4,206

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), WSROC Region: 7.3% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), WSROC Region: 9.7% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), WSROC Region: 7.6% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), WSROC Region: 9.7% Young workforce (25 to 34), WSROC Region: 15.9% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), WSROC Region: 20.8% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), WSROC Region: 12.1% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), WSROC Region: 9.1% Seniors (70 to 84), WSROC Region: 6.4% Elderly aged (85 and over), WSROC Region: 1.4%
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), WSROC Region: +7,426 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), WSROC Region: +13,489 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), WSROC Region: +419 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), WSROC Region: +10,825 Young workforce (25 to 34), WSROC Region: +32,442 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), WSROC Region: +23,419 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), WSROC Region: +15,738 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), WSROC Region: +23,807 Seniors (70 to 84), WSROC Region: +15,077 Elderly aged (85 and over), WSROC Region: +4,206
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 WSROC Region 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 lower proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 24.6% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 17.0% 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 WSROC Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Primary schoolers' (9.7% compared to 8.8%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Babies and pre-schoolers' (7.3% compared to 6.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Seniors' (6.4% compared to 7.5%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, WSROC Region's population increased by 146,848 people (10.7%). This represents an average annual population change of 2.05% per year over the period.

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

  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+32,442 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+23,807 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+23,419 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+15,738 people)

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