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Toowoomba Regional Council area

Resident workers - Age structure

In Toowoomba Regional Council area, there are more younger workers (15 to 44 years) than older workers (45 year and over) in the resident workers .

The Age Structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region'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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region'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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, 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
Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Regional QLD%Number%Regional QLD%2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years11,72716.515.111,95617.416.1-229
25 to 34 years14,39720.220.012,90718.819.5+1,490
35 to 44 years14,16519.921.314,91421.722.9-749
45 to 54 years15,47721.722.615,62522.723.1-148
55 to 64 years11,76816.516.210,63415.414.9+1,134
65 years and over3,6615.14.72,7964.13.6+865

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, Regional QLD : 15.1% 25 to 34 years, Regional QLD : 20.0% 35 to 44 years, Regional QLD : 21.3% 45 to 54 years, Regional QLD : 22.6% 55 to 64 years, Regional QLD : 16.2% 65 years and over, Regional QLD : 4.7% 15 to 24 years, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: 16.5% 25 to 34 years, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: 20.2% 35 to 44 years, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: 19.9% 45 to 54 years, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: 21.7% 55 to 64 years, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: 16.5% 65 years and over, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: 5.1%
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, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: -229 25 to 34 years, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +1,490 35 to 44 years, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: -749 45 to 54 years, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: -148 55 to 64 years, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +1,134 65 years and over, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +865
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 age structure of Toowoomba Regional Council area in 2016 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) as well as a similar proportion of people in the older age groups (45 years and over).

Overall, 56.6% of the resident workers was aged under 45 years, compared to 56.5% for Regional QLD. 43.4% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 43.5% for Regional QLD.

The major differences between the resident workers age structure of Toowoomba Regional Council area and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers aged 15 to 24 years (16.5% compared to 15.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers aged 35 to 44 years (19.9% compared to 21.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers aged 45 to 54 years (21.7% compared to 22.6%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Toowoomba Regional Council area's resident workers population increased by 2,363 people (3.4%). This represents an average annual change of 0.68% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the resident workers age structure in Toowoomba Regional Council area between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • 25 to 34 years (+1,490 people)
  • 55 to 64 years (+1,134 people)
  • 65 years and over (+865 people)
  • 35 to 44 years (-749 people)

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