Resident workers - Age structure

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

The Age Structure of Whitsunday'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 Whitsunday'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 Whitsunday, 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
Whitsunday Regional Council - All industries 20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2011 - 2016
15 to 24 years2,24414.315.62,46115.916.5-217
25 to 34 years3,57122.821.83,26621.121.2+305
35 to 44 years3,28020.922.03,36321.723.1-83
45 to 54 years3,28821.021.93,53422.822.1-246
55 to 64 years2,55416.314.82,34015.114.0+214
65 years and over7444.74.05073.33.1+237
Total Persons15,681100.0100.015,471100.0100.0+210

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the resident workers (All industries) age structure of Whitsunday 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, 58.0% of the resident workers was aged under 45 years, compared to 59.3% for Queensland. 42.0% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 40.7% for Queensland.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers aged 55 to 64 years (16.3% compared to 14.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers aged 15 to 24 years (14.3% compared to 15.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers aged 35 to 44 years (20.9% compared to 22.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers aged 25 to 34 years (22.8% compared to 21.8%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Whitsunday's resident workers (All industries) population increased by 210 people (1.4%). This represents an average annual change of 0.27% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the resident workers age structure in Whitsunday between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • 25 to 34 years (+305 persons)
  • 45 to 54 years (-246 persons)
  • 65 years and over (+237 persons)
  • 15 to 24 years (-217 persons)

Whitsunday Regional Council

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