Sunshine Coast

Resident workers - Age structure

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

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

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence

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Resident workers age structure
Sunshine Coast Council - All industries20212016Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2016 - 2021
15 to 24 years24,48415.315.519,20314.815.6+5,281
25 to 34 years29,67518.521.623,12717.821.8+6,548
35 to 44 years33,79621.121.828,39921.922.0+5,397
45 to 54 years36,39822.721.031,37824.221.9+5,020
55 to 64 years27,71217.315.321,86516.914.8+5,847
65 years and over8,2335.14.75,6704.44.0+2,563
Total Persons160,298100.0100.0129,642100.0100.0+30,656

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the resident workers (All industries) age structure of Sunshine Coast in 2021compared 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, 54.9% of the resident workers was aged under 45 years, compared to 58.9% for Queensland. 45.1% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 41.1% for Queensland.

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

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers aged 25 to 34 years (18.5% compared to 21.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers aged 55 to 64 years (17.3% compared to 15.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers aged 45 to 54 years (22.7% compared to 21.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers aged 35 to 44 years (21.1% compared to 21.8%)

Emerging groups

From 2016 to 2021, Sunshine Coast's resident workers (All industries) population increased by 30,656 people (23.6%). This represents an average annual change of 4.34% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the resident workers age structure in Sunshine Coast between 2016 and 2021 were in the age groups:

  • 25 to 34 years (+6,548 persons)
  • 55 to 64 years (+5,847 persons)
  • 35 to 44 years (+5,397 persons)
  • 15 to 24 years (+5,281 persons)

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