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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 (Other 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 - Other Services20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Arts and Recreation Services%Number%Arts and Recreation Services%2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years46315.221.652518.418.6-62
25 to 34 years70923.322.160621.323.5+103
35 to 44 years73824.322.072925.624.6+9
45 to 54 years59819.718.855019.320.5+48
55 to 64 years38512.712.336412.810.6+21
65 years and over1484.93.2732.62.3+75

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 - Arts and Recreation Services : 21.6% 25 to 34 years, Cairns - Arts and Recreation Services : 22.1% 35 to 44 years, Cairns - Arts and Recreation Services : 22.0% 45 to 54 years, Cairns - Arts and Recreation Services : 18.8% 55 to 64 years, Cairns - Arts and Recreation Services : 12.3% 65 years and over, Cairns - Arts and Recreation Services : 3.2% 15 to 24 years, Cairns - Other Services: 15.2% 25 to 34 years, Cairns - Other Services: 23.3% 35 to 44 years, Cairns - Other Services: 24.3% 45 to 54 years, Cairns - Other Services: 19.7% 55 to 64 years, Cairns - Other Services: 12.7% 65 years and over, Cairns - Other Services: 4.9%
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 - Other Services: -62 25 to 34 years, Cairns - Other Services: +103 35 to 44 years, Cairns - Other Services: +9 45 to 54 years, Cairns - Other Services: +48 55 to 64 years, Cairns - Other Services: +21 65 years and over, Cairns - Other Services: +75
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 (Other Services) age structure of Cairns in 2016 compared to Arts and Recreation Services 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, 62.8% of the resident workers (Other Services) was aged under 45 years, compared to 65.7% for Arts and Recreation Services. 37.2% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 34.3% for Arts and Recreation Services.

The major differences between the resident workers (Other Services) age structure of Cairns and Arts and Recreation Services were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Other Services) aged 35 to 44 years (24.3% compared to 22.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Other Services) aged 65 years and over (4.9% compared to 3.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Other Services) aged 25 to 34 years (23.3% compared to 22.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Other Services) aged 15 to 24 years (15.2% compared to 21.6%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Cairns's resident workers (Other Services) population increased by 194 people (6.8%). This represents an average annual change of 1.33% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the resident workers (Other Services) age structure in Cairns between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • 25 to 34 years (+103 people)
  • 65 years and over (+75 people)
  • 15 to 24 years (-62 people)
  • 45 to 54 years (+48 people)

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