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

The Age Structure of Wyong Shire provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Wyong 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 Wyong 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
Wyong 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)9,9566.66.89,1276.56.6+829
map this data in atlas.idPrimary schoolers (5 to 11)14,1009.48.714,23010.29.1-130
map this data in atlas.idSecondary schoolers (12 to 17)12,7568.57.412,3838.97.9+373
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)12,1588.19.510,7757.79.9+1,383
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)15,90910.615.415,31911.015.3+590
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)29,15319.521.928,39520.322.5+758
map this data in atlas.idOlder workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)18,73312.512.216,67011.912.2+2,063
map this data in atlas.idEmpty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)16,74211.29.014,13610.17.8+2,606
map this data in atlas.idSeniors (70 to 84)16,39410.97.215,69611.27.3+698
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)3,8442.61.83,0622.21.6+782

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), Wyong Shire: 6.6% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Wyong Shire: 9.4% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Wyong Shire: 8.5% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Wyong Shire: 8.1% Young workforce (25 to 34), Wyong Shire: 10.6% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Wyong Shire: 19.5% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Wyong Shire: 12.5% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Wyong Shire: 11.2% Seniors (70 to 84), Wyong Shire: 10.9% Elderly aged (85 and over), Wyong Shire: 2.6%
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), Wyong Shire: +829 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Wyong Shire: -130 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Wyong Shire: +373 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Wyong Shire: +1,383 Young workforce (25 to 34), Wyong Shire: +590 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Wyong Shire: +758 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Wyong Shire: +2,063 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Wyong Shire: +2,606 Seniors (70 to 84), Wyong Shire: +698 Elderly aged (85 and over), Wyong Shire: +782
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 Wyong 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) as well as a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 24.6% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 24.7% 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 Wyong Shire and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Seniors' (10.9% compared to 7.2%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees' (11.2% compared to 9.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce' (10.6% compared to 15.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders' (19.5% compared to 21.9%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Wyong Shire's population increased by 9,952 people (7.1%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.38% 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) (+2,606 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+2,063 people)
  • Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) (+1,383 people)
  • Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) (+829 people)

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