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Ashburton District Council

Service age groups

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 persons20182013Change
Service age group (years)Number%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2013 to 2018
Babies and Pre-schoolers (0 to 4)2,2506.76.32,2897.46.9-39
Primary Schoolers (5 to 11)3,3129.99.62,9019.39.4+411
Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17)2,4577.47.72,4698.08.3-12
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)2,4187.29.32,2597.39.6+159
Young workforce (25 to 34)4,58713.714.13,72012.012.1+867
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)6,20718.619.36,25820.220.6-51
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)4,27812.813.04,08313.213.2+195
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)3,70811.110.43,36610.810.1+342
Seniors (70 to 84)3,40210.28.53,0429.88.0+360
Elderly aged (85 and over)8012.41.86542.11.7+147
Total population33,420100.0100.031,041100.0100.0+2,379
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: Very high
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Dominant groups

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:

  • A larger percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (10.2% compared to 8.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (7.2% compared to 9.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (18.6% compared to 19.3%)

Emerging groups

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:

  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+867 persons)
  • Primary Schoolers (5 to 11) (+411 persons)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+360 persons)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+342 persons)

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