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Resident workers - Age structure

In Cairns, there are more younger workers (15 to 44 years) than older workers (45 year and over) in the resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services).

The Age Structure of the Cairns's resident workers is indicative of the residential role and function of the local area. This includes factors such as when the area was settled; what types of households live there; the level of access the area has to employment, services and facilities; the local dwelling stock characteristics (including cost of housing); local amenity and a range of other factors that attract people to an area.

The age structure of Cairns's resident workers is indicative of the skill-levels and experience that local businesses can draw upon. For example, younger resident workers, while less experienced, are typically more mobile and have higher level skills in use of new technologies.

For a complete local resident workers analysis for Cairns, Age Structure should be analysed in conjunction with Qualifications, Occupations, Hours worked and Income.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

Resident workers age structure
Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Mining%Number%Mining%2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years324.93.6496.35.1-17
25 to 34 years12819.525.616721.526.7-39
35 to 44 years17226.233.222428.830.9-52
45 to 54 years19830.123.620326.125.7-5
55 to 64 years11717.811.712015.410.7-3
65 years and over101.52.2151.90.8-5

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Resident workers age structure, 2016
Resident workers age structure, 2016 15 to 24 years, Cairns - Mining : 3.6% 25 to 34 years, Cairns - Mining : 25.6% 35 to 44 years, Cairns - Mining : 33.2% 45 to 54 years, Cairns - Mining : 23.6% 55 to 64 years, Cairns - Mining : 11.7% 65 years and over, Cairns - Mining : 2.2% 15 to 24 years, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 4.9% 25 to 34 years, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 19.5% 35 to 44 years, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 26.2% 45 to 54 years, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 30.1% 55 to 64 years, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 17.8% 65 years and over, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 1.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers age structure, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers age structure, 2011 to 2016 15 to 24 years, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -17 25 to 34 years, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -39 35 to 44 years, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -52 45 to 54 years, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -5 55 to 64 years, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -3 65 years and over, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -5
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) age structure of Cairns in 2016 compared to Mining shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) as well as a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (45 years and over).

Overall, 50.5% of the resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) was aged under 45 years, compared to 62.4% for Mining. 49.5% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 37.6% for Mining.

The major differences between the resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) age structure of Cairns and Mining were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) aged 45 to 54 years (30.1% compared to 23.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) aged 55 to 64 years (17.8% compared to 11.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) aged 35 to 44 years (26.2% compared to 33.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) aged 25 to 34 years (19.5% compared to 25.6%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Cairns's resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) population decreased by 121 people (15.6%). This represents an average annual change of -3.32% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) age structure in Cairns between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • 35 to 44 years (-52 people)
  • 25 to 34 years (-39 people)

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