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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 (Accommodation and Food 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 - Accommodation and Food Services20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Retail Trade%Number%Retail Trade%2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years2,32031.928.71,94129.130.0+379
25 to 34 years1,65022.718.21,50322.617.5+147
35 to 44 years1,35218.617.61,31619.819.6+36
45 to 54 years1,04214.318.41,10516.617.8-63
55 to 64 years7079.712.867310.112.4+34
65 years and over1972.74.31221.82.7+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 - Retail Trade : 28.7% 25 to 34 years, Cairns - Retail Trade : 18.2% 35 to 44 years, Cairns - Retail Trade : 17.6% 45 to 54 years, Cairns - Retail Trade : 18.4% 55 to 64 years, Cairns - Retail Trade : 12.8% 65 years and over, Cairns - Retail Trade : 4.3% 15 to 24 years, Cairns - Accommodation and Food Services: 31.9% 25 to 34 years, Cairns - Accommodation and Food Services: 22.7% 35 to 44 years, Cairns - Accommodation and Food Services: 18.6% 45 to 54 years, Cairns - Accommodation and Food Services: 14.3% 55 to 64 years, Cairns - Accommodation and Food Services: 9.7% 65 years and over, Cairns - Accommodation and Food Services: 2.7%
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 - Accommodation and Food Services: +379 25 to 34 years, Cairns - Accommodation and Food Services: +147 35 to 44 years, Cairns - Accommodation and Food Services: +36 45 to 54 years, Cairns - Accommodation and Food Services: -63 55 to 64 years, Cairns - Accommodation and Food Services: +34 65 years and over, Cairns - Accommodation and Food 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 (Accommodation and Food Services) age structure of Cairns in 2016 compared to Retail Trade shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) as well as a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (45 years and over).

Overall, 73.2% of the resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) was aged under 45 years, compared to 64.5% for Retail Trade. 26.8% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 35.5% for Retail Trade.

The major differences between the resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) age structure of Cairns and Retail Trade were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) aged 25 to 34 years (22.7% compared to 18.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) aged 15 to 24 years (31.9% compared to 28.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) aged 45 to 54 years (14.3% compared to 18.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) aged 55 to 64 years (9.7% compared to 12.8%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Cairns's resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) population increased by 608 people (9.1%). This represents an average annual change of 1.76% per year over the period.

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

  • 15 to 24 years (+379 people)
  • 25 to 34 years (+147 people)
  • 65 years and over (+75 people)
  • 45 to 54 years (-63 people)

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