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Resident workers - Age structure

In Sunshine Coast 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 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 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 RDA Sunshine Coast 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
Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years19,20314.815.617,30015.116.5+1,903
25 to 34 years23,12717.821.819,58617.121.2+3,541
35 to 44 years28,39921.922.027,30223.923.1+1,097
45 to 54 years31,37824.221.928,21624.722.1+3,162
55 to 64 years21,86516.914.818,20215.914.0+3,663
65 years and over5,6704.44.03,7283.33.1+1,942

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, Queensland : 15.6% 25 to 34 years, Queensland : 21.8% 35 to 44 years, Queensland : 22.0% 45 to 54 years, Queensland : 21.9% 55 to 64 years, Queensland : 14.8% 65 years and over, Queensland : 4.0% 15 to 24 years, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: 14.8% 25 to 34 years, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: 17.8% 35 to 44 years, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: 21.9% 45 to 54 years, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: 24.2% 55 to 64 years, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: 16.9% 65 years and over, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: 4.4%
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, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +1,903 25 to 34 years, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +3,541 35 to 44 years, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +1,097 45 to 54 years, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +3,162 55 to 64 years, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +3,663 65 years and over, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +1,942
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 Sunshine Coast Council area in 2016 compared to Queensland 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, 54.6% of the resident workers was aged under 45 years, compared to 59.3% for Queensland. 45.4% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 40.7% for Queensland.

The major differences between the resident workers age structure of Sunshine Coast Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers aged 45 to 54 years (24.2% compared to 21.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers aged 55 to 64 years (16.9% compared to 14.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers aged 25 to 34 years (17.8% compared to 21.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers aged 15 to 24 years (14.8% compared to 15.6%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Sunshine Coast Council area's resident workers population increased by 15,308 people (13.4%). This represents an average annual change of 2.54% per year over the period.

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

  • 55 to 64 years (+3,663 people)
  • 25 to 34 years (+3,541 people)
  • 45 to 54 years (+3,162 people)
  • 65 years and over (+1,942 people)

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