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Service age groups

The Wellington City had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower 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 Wellington City'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 City's demographic characteristics, the Wellington City'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 City20132006Change
Service age group (years)Number%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idBabies and Pre-schoolers (0 to 4 )11,4936.06.711,1096.26.8+384
map this data in atlas.idPrimary Schoolers (5 to 11)15,0607.99.014,3078.09.6+753
map this data in atlas.idSecondary Schoolers (12 to 17 )12,9906.87.812,9397.28.6+51
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)27,30914.310.625,10114.010.3+2,208
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)31,91116.713.132,55618.114.2-645
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)43,04422.521.742,71723.823.1+327
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)
22,52711.812.919,42210.811.7+3,105
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)
14,7277.79.510,9656.17.7+3,762
Seniors (70 to 84)
9,7565.17.38,5774.86.7+1,179
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)2,1421.11.61,7761.01.3+366

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 ), Wellington City: 6.0% Primary Schoolers (5 to 11), Wellington City: 7.9% Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17 ), Wellington City: 6.8% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Wellington City: 14.3% Young workforce (25 to 34), Wellington City: 16.7% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Wellington City: 22.5% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Wellington City: 11.8% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Wellington City: 7.7% Seniors (70 to 84), Wellington City: 5.1% Elderly aged (85 and over), Wellington City: 1.1%
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 City: +384 Primary Schoolers (5 to 11), Wellington City: +753 Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17 ), Wellington City: +51 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Wellington City: +2,208 Young workforce (25 to 34), Wellington City: -645 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Wellington City: +327 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Wellington City: +3,105 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Wellington City: +3,762 Seniors (70 to 84), Wellington City: +1,179 Elderly aged (85 and over), Wellington City: +366
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 City in 2013 compared to the Wellington Region 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, 20.7% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 13.9% 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 Wellington City and the Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (14.3% compared to 10.6%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (16.7% compared to 13.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (5.1% compared to 7.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (7.7% compared to 9.5%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2013, Wellington City's population increased by 11,490 people (6.4%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.89% 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) (+3,762 persons)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+3,105 persons)
  • Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) (+2,208 persons)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+1,179 persons)

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