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The Wellington Region

Service age groups

The Wellington Region had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of people at post retirement age than North Island in 2013.

The Age Structure of the population is the most widely used component of the Census. It is an indicator of an area’s residential role and function and how it is likely to change in the future. The Wellington Region's age demographics are indicative of the area’s era of settlement and provide key insights into the level of demand for services and facilities (as most services and facilities are age-specific).

To get a more complete picture of the Wellington Region's demographic characteristics, the Wellington Region's Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Family and Household type data.

Derived from the Census question:

'When were you born?'

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
Wellington Region20132006Change
Service age group (years)Number%North Island %Number%North Island %2006 to 2013
Babies and Pre-schoolers (0 to 4 )31,3536.77.130,3786.87.1+975
Primary Schoolers (5 to 11)42,3549.09.642,8769.610.4-522
Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17 )36,6487.88.538,8298.69.4-2,181
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)49,95610.69.746,15210.39.5+3,804
Young workforce (25 to 34)61,52413.112.463,83714.213.1-2,313
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)102,16221.720.6103,68023.122.6-1,518
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)60,68112.912.952,74911.711.8+7,932
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)44,6319.59.834,5127.77.9+10,119
Seniors (70 to 84)34,4767.37.730,0966.76.8+4,380
Elderly aged (85 and over)7,5301.61.65,8441.31.3+1,686

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Age structure, 2013
Age structure, 2013 Babies and Pre-schoolers (0 to 4 ), North Island: 7.1% Primary Schoolers (5 to 11), North Island: 9.6% Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17 ), North Island: 8.5% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), North Island: 9.7% Young workforce (25 to 34), North Island: 12.4% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), North Island: 20.6% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), North Island: 12.9% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), North Island: 9.8% Seniors (70 to 84), North Island: 7.7% Elderly aged (85 and over), North Island: 1.6% Babies and Pre-schoolers (0 to 4 ), Wellington Region: 6.7% Primary Schoolers (5 to 11), Wellington Region: 9.0% Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17 ), Wellington Region: 7.8% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Wellington Region: 10.6% Young workforce (25 to 34), Wellington Region: 13.1% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Wellington Region: 21.7% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Wellington Region: 12.9% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Wellington Region: 9.5% Seniors (70 to 84), Wellington Region: 7.3% Elderly aged (85 and over), Wellington Region: 1.6%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in age structure, 2006 to 2013
Change in age structure, 2006 to 2013 Babies and Pre-schoolers (0 to 4 ), Wellington Region: +975 Primary Schoolers (5 to 11), Wellington Region: -522 Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17 ), Wellington Region: -2,181 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Wellington Region: +3,804 Young workforce (25 to 34), Wellington Region: -2,313 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Wellington Region: -1,518 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Wellington Region: +7,932 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Wellington Region: +10,119 Seniors (70 to 84), Wellington Region: +4,380 Elderly aged (85 and over), Wellington Region: +1,686
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of the Wellington Region in 2013 compared to the North Island shows that there was a lower proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) as well as a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 23.4% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 18.4% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 25.2% and 19.1% respectively for the North Island.

The major differences between the age structure of the Wellington Region and the North Island were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (21.7% compared to 20.6%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (10.6% compared to 9.7%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2013, the Wellington Region's population increased by 22,362 people (5.0%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.7% per year over the period.

The largest changes in age structure in this area between 2006 and 2013 were in the age groups:

  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+10,119 persons)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+7,932 persons)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+4,380 persons)
  • Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) (+3,804 persons)

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