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Ashburton District Council had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of people at post retirement age than New Zealand in 2018.
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. Ashburton District Council'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).
Service age groups divide the population into age categories that reflect typical life-stages. They indicate the level of demand for services that target people at different stages in life and how that demand is changing.
To get a more complete picture of Ashburton District Council's demographic characteristics, Ashburton District Council's Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Family and Household type data.
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|Age structure - Service age groups|
|Ashburton District Council - Total persons||2018||2013||Change|
|Service age group (years)||Number||%||New Zealand %||Number||%||New Zealand %||2013 to 2018|
|Babies and Pre-schoolers (0 to 4)||2,250||6.7||6.3||2,289||7.4||6.9||-39|
|Primary Schoolers (5 to 11)||3,312||9.9||9.6||2,901||9.3||9.4||+411|
|Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17)||2,457||7.4||7.7||2,469||8.0||8.3||-12|
|Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)||2,418||7.2||9.3||2,259||7.3||9.6||+159|
|Young workforce (25 to 34)||4,587||13.7||14.1||3,720||12.0||12.1||+867|
|Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)||6,207||18.6||19.3||6,258||20.2||20.6||-51|
|Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)||4,278||12.8||13.0||4,083||13.2||13.2||+195|
|Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)||3,708||11.1||10.4||3,366||10.8||10.1||+342|
|Seniors (70 to 84)||3,402||10.2||8.5||3,042||9.8||8.0||+360|
|Elderly aged (85 and over)||801||2.4||1.8||654||2.1||1.7||+147|
Analysis of the service age groups of Ashburton District Council in 2018 compared to 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, 24.0% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 23.7% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 23.5% and 20.8% respectively for New Zealand.
The major differences between the age structure of Ashburton District Council and New Zealand were:
From 2013 to 2018, Ashburton District Council's population increased by 2,379 people (7.7%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.49% per year over the period.
The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2013 and 2018 were in the age groups:
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