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Service age groups

The Masterton District had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of people at post retirement age than Wellington Region 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 Masterton District'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 Masterton District's demographic characteristics, the Masterton District'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
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Service age group (years)Number%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
Babies and Pre-schoolers (0 to 4 )1,4496.26.71,3926.26.8+57
Primary Schoolers (5 to 11)2,2059.49.02,26810.09.6-63
Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17 )2,0738.97.82,33710.38.6-264
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)1,7167.310.61,5696.910.3+147
Young workforce (25 to 34)2,2209.513.12,1969.714.2+24
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)4,25418.221.74,76421.123.1-510
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)3,41714.612.93,08413.611.7+333
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)2,85612.29.52,28310.17.7+573
Seniors (70 to 84)2,54410.97.32,28310.16.7+261
Elderly aged (85 and over)6182.61.64532.01.3+165

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 ), 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% Babies and Pre-schoolers (0 to 4 ), Masterton District: 6.2% Primary Schoolers (5 to 11), Masterton District: 9.4% Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17 ), Masterton District: 8.9% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Masterton District: 7.3% Young workforce (25 to 34), Masterton District: 9.5% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Masterton District: 18.2% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Masterton District: 14.6% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Masterton District: 12.2% Seniors (70 to 84), Masterton District: 10.9% Elderly aged (85 and over), Masterton District: 2.6%
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 ), Masterton District: +57 Primary Schoolers (5 to 11), Masterton District: -63 Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17 ), Masterton District: -264 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Masterton District: +147 Young workforce (25 to 34), Masterton District: +24 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Masterton District: -510 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Masterton District: +333 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Masterton District: +573 Seniors (70 to 84), Masterton District: +261 Elderly aged (85 and over), Masterton District: +165
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 Masterton District in 2013 compared to the Wellington Region shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) as well as a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 24.5% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 25.8% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 23.4% and 18.4% respectively for the Wellington Region.

The major differences between the age structure of the Masterton District and the Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (10.9% compared to 7.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (9.5% compared to 13.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (18.2% compared to 21.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (7.3% compared to 10.6%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2013, Masterton District's population increased by 723 people (3.2%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.45% 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) (+573 persons)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (-510 persons)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+333 persons)
  • Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17 ) (-264 persons)

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