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Wellington Region

Five year age groups

There were 8,679 people over the age of 85 living in the Wellington Region in 2018, with largest age group being 25 to 29 year olds.

The Age Structure of the Wellington Region provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is also an indicator of the Wellington Region's residential role and function and how it is likely to change in the future.

Five year age groups present a classic age profile of the population. Each age group covers exactly five years, which enables direct comparison between each group.

To get a more complete picture the Wellington Region's Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Households and Dwelling Type.

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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 - Five year age groups
Wellington Region20182013Change
Five year age groups (years)Number%North Island %Number%North Island %2013 to 2018
0 to 429,8265.96.531,3536.77.1-1,527
5 to 932,8056.57.130,6036.56.9+2,202
10 to 1431,2726.26.630,0516.46.9+1,221
15 to 1933,2766.66.532,8927.07.0+384
20 to 2437,3777.46.835,4127.56.9+1,965
25 to 2938,6677.67.530,4296.56.2+8,238
30 to 3434,8666.96.831,0926.66.2+3,774
35 to 3933,9216.76.432,1786.86.4+1,743
40 to 4433,4326.66.235,6287.67.2-2,196
45 to 4936,0667.16.834,3567.37.1+1,710
50 to 5434,0326.76.533,1267.07.0+906
55 to 5932,2536.46.327,5555.86.0+4,698
60 to 6426,5895.25.424,3695.25.3+2,220
65 to 6922,9954.54.720,2624.34.5+2,733
70 to 7418,5943.73.815,2943.23.4+3,300
75 to 7913,4582.72.710,8002.32.4+2,658
80 to 848,7031.71.78,3791.81.8+324
85 and over8,6791.71.77,5331.61.6+1,146
Total506,811100.0100.0471,312100.0100.0+35,499
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
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

Analysis of the five year age groups of the Wellington Region in 2018 compared to North Island shows that there was a lower proportion of people in the younger age groups (under 15) and a similar proportion of people in the older age groups (65+).

Overall, 18.5% of the population was aged between 0 and 14, and 14.3% were aged 65 years and over, compared with 20.2% and 14.7% respectively for North Island.

The major differences between the age structure of the Wellington Region and North Island were:

  • A larger percentage of persons aged 20 to 24 (7.4% compared to 6.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 0 to 4 (5.9% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 5 to 9 (6.5% compared to 7.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2013 to 2018, Wellington Region's population increased by 35,499 people (7.5%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.46% per year over the period.

The largest changes in age structure in this area between 2013 and 2018 were in the age groups:

  • 25 to 29 (+8,238 persons)
  • 55 to 59 (+4,698 persons)
  • 30 to 34 (+3,774 persons)
  • 70 to 74 (+3,300 persons)

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