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Service age groups

The Whanganui District had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of people at post retirement age than New Zealand 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 Whanganui 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 Whanganui District's demographic characteristics, the Whanganui 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
Whanganui District20132006Change
Service age group (years)Number%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idBabies and Pre-schoolers (0 to 4 )2,8086.76.92,6856.36.8+123
map this data in atlas.idPrimary Schoolers (5 to 11)3,9129.39.44,40410.310.1-492
map this data in atlas.idSecondary Schoolers (12 to 17 )3,7298.88.34,2279.99.2-498
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)3,1327.49.63,1177.39.6+15
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)3,9969.512.14,33510.212.9-339
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)7,77018.420.68,93421.022.6-1,164
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)
6,06014.413.25,50512.912.1+555
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)
4,95011.710.14,0509.58.1+900
Seniors (70 to 84)
4,64111.08.04,48210.57.2+159
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)1,1522.71.78972.11.4+255

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 ), New Zealand: 6.9% Primary Schoolers (5 to 11), New Zealand: 9.4% Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17 ), New Zealand: 8.3% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), New Zealand: 9.6% Young workforce (25 to 34), New Zealand: 12.1% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), New Zealand: 20.6% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), New Zealand: 13.2% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), New Zealand: 10.1% Seniors (70 to 84), New Zealand: 8.0% Elderly aged (85 and over), New Zealand: 1.7% Babies and Pre-schoolers (0 to 4 ), Whanganui District: 6.7% Primary Schoolers (5 to 11), Whanganui District: 9.3% Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17 ), Whanganui District: 8.8% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Whanganui District: 7.4% Young workforce (25 to 34), Whanganui District: 9.5% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Whanganui District: 18.4% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Whanganui District: 14.4% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Whanganui District: 11.7% Seniors (70 to 84), Whanganui District: 11.0% Elderly aged (85 and over), Whanganui District: 2.7%
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 ), Whanganui District: +123 Primary Schoolers (5 to 11), Whanganui District: -492 Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17 ), Whanganui District: -498 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Whanganui District: +15 Young workforce (25 to 34), Whanganui District: -339 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Whanganui District: -1,164 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Whanganui District: +555 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Whanganui District: +900 Seniors (70 to 84), Whanganui District: +159 Elderly aged (85 and over), Whanganui District: +255
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 Whanganui District in 2013 compared to the New Zealand shows that there was a similar proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 24.8% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 25.5% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 24.6% and 19.8% respectively for the New Zealand.

The major differences between the age structure of the Whanganui District and the New Zealand were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (11.0% compared to 8.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (9.5% compared to 12.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (7.4% compared to 9.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (18.4% compared to 20.6%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2013, Whanganui District's population decreased by 486 people (1.1%). This represents an average annual population change of -0.16% per year over the period.

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

  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (-1,164 persons)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+900 persons)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+555 persons)
  • Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17 ) (-498 persons)

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