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Far North District

Service age groups

Far North District had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a similar proportion of people at post retirement age than Northland Region 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. Far North 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).

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 Far North District's demographic characteristics, Far North District's Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Family and Household type data.


Derived from the Census question:

'When were you born?'

Note: This page includes data from the 2018 Census. Between 2013 and 2018, the geographical classification was changed, and with it many boundaries were altered. As a result, you may see different small area options when comparing to pages that do not yet show 2018 data. Learn more.

Age structure - Service age groups
Far North District - Total persons20182013Change
Service age group (years)Number%Northland Region %Number%Northland Region %2013 to 2018
Babies and Pre-schoolers (0 to 4)4,2696.56.53,9517.17.0+318
Primary Schoolers (5 to 11)7,05610.810.55,79010.410.1+1,266
Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17)5,4038.37.95,0889.18.8+315
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)4,3056.66.83,5766.46.7+729
Young workforce (25 to 34)6,55810.010.84,4558.08.7+2,103
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)10,56616.216.810,11618.218.7+450
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)9,70214.914.38,55915.414.8+1,143
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)9,33614.313.57,76713.913.1+1,569
Seniors (70 to 84)6,99610.711.15,57110.010.2+1,425
Elderly aged (85 and over)1,0651.62.08581.51.9+207
Total population65,256100.0100.055,731100.0100.0+9,525
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in 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 Far North District in 2018 compared to Northland Region shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a similar proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 25.6% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 26.7% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 24.9% and 26.5% respectively for Northland Region.

The major difference between the age structure of Far North District and Northland Region is:

  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (14.3% compared to 13.5%)

Emerging groups

From 2013 to 2018, Far North District's population increased by 9,525 people (17.1%). This represents an average annual population change of 3.21% 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) (+2,103 persons)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+1,569 persons)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+1,425 persons)
  • Primary Schoolers (5 to 11) (+1,266 persons)

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