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RDA Sunshine Coast Region

Resident workers - Age structure

In the RDA Sunshine Coast Region, most resident workers in All industries are under 45 years old.

The Age Structure of the RDA Sunshine Coast 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 the RDA Sunshine Coast 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 the RDA Sunshine Coast Region, Age Structure should be analysed in conjunction with Qualification, Occupations, Hours worked and Income.

Data source

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

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Resident workers age structure
RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries 20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2011 - 2016
15 to 24 years21,87814.415.619,96214.816.5+1,916
25 to 34 years25,96617.121.822,32416.521.2+3,642
35 to 44 years33,00421.822.032,06723.723.1+937
45 to 54 years37,30424.621.934,02725.222.1+3,277
55 to 64 years26,44717.414.822,09316.414.0+4,354
65 years and over7,0474.64.04,6013.43.1+2,446
Total Persons151,646100.0100.0135,074100.0100.0+16,572

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

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the resident workers (All industries) age structure of the RDA Sunshine Coast Region in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower proportion of persons in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) as well as a higher proportion of persons in the older age groups (45 years and over).

Overall, 53.3% of the resident workers was aged under 45 years, compared to 59.3% for Queensland. 46.7% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 40.7% for Queensland.

The major difference between the resident workers age structure of the RDA Sunshine Coast Region and Queensland is:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers aged 25 to 34 years (17.1% compared to 21.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers aged 45 to 54 years (24.6% compared to 21.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers aged 55 to 64 years (17.4% compared to 14.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers aged 15 to 24 years (14.4% compared to 15.6%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, the RDA Sunshine Coast Region's resident workers (All industries) population increased by 16,572 people (12.3%). This represents an average annual change of 2.34% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the resident workers age structure in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • 55 to 64 years (+4,354 persons)
  • 25 to 34 years (+3,642 persons)
  • 45 to 54 years (+3,277 persons)
  • 65 years and over (+2,446 persons)

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