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Resident workers - Age structure

In Cairns, there are less younger workers (15 to 44 years) than older workers (45 year and over) in the resident workers (Education and Training).

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 - Education and Training20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Retail Trade%Number%Retail Trade%2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years4166.428.73095.630.0+107
25 to 34 years1,10717.018.296217.417.5+145
35 to 44 years1,64425.317.61,48926.919.6+155
45 to 54 years1,82828.118.41,63429.517.8+194
55 to 64 years1,22518.912.898417.812.4+241
65 years and over2754.24.31552.82.7+120

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 - Education and Training: 6.4% 25 to 34 years, Cairns - Education and Training: 17.0% 35 to 44 years, Cairns - Education and Training: 25.3% 45 to 54 years, Cairns - Education and Training: 28.1% 55 to 64 years, Cairns - Education and Training: 18.9% 65 years and over, Cairns - Education and Training: 4.2%
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 - Education and Training: +107 25 to 34 years, Cairns - Education and Training: +145 35 to 44 years, Cairns - Education and Training: +155 45 to 54 years, Cairns - Education and Training: +194 55 to 64 years, Cairns - Education and Training: +241 65 years and over, Cairns - Education and Training: +120
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 (Education and Training) age structure of Cairns in 2016 compared to Retail Trade shows that there was a lower 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, 48.8% of the resident workers (Education and Training) was aged under 45 years, compared to 64.5% for Retail Trade. 51.2% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 35.5% for Retail Trade.

The major differences between the resident workers (Education and Training) age structure of Cairns and Retail Trade were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) aged 45 to 54 years (28.1% compared to 18.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) aged 35 to 44 years (25.3% compared to 17.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) aged 55 to 64 years (18.9% compared to 12.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) aged 15 to 24 years (6.4% compared to 28.7%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Cairns's resident workers (Education and Training) population increased by 962 people (17.4%). This represents an average annual change of 3.26% per year over the period.

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

  • 55 to 64 years (+241 people)
  • 45 to 54 years (+194 people)
  • 35 to 44 years (+155 people)
  • 25 to 34 years (+145 people)

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