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Napier CityCommunity profile

Napier City

Service age groups

Napier City 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. Napier City'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 Napier City's demographic characteristics, Napier City'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
Napier City - Total persons20182013Change
Service age group (years)Number%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2013 to 2018
Babies and Pre-schoolers (0 to 4)3,8256.16.33,8286.76.9-3
Primary Schoolers (5 to 11)6,0429.79.65,2899.29.4+753
Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17)4,9057.97.74,9058.68.30
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)4,5727.39.34,3867.79.6+186
Young workforce (25 to 34)7,08611.414.15,6169.812.1+1,470
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)11,29518.119.311,16319.520.6+132
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)8,29513.313.07,71613.513.2+579
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)7,52412.110.46,91212.110.1+612
Seniors (70 to 84)7,13711.58.56,01510.58.0+1,122
Elderly aged (85 and over)1,5602.51.81,4132.51.7+147
Total population62,241100.0100.057,243100.0100.0+4,998
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 Napier City 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, 23.7% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 26.1% 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 Napier City and New Zealand were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (11.5% compared to 8.5%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (12.1% compared to 10.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (11.4% compared to 14.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (7.3% compared to 9.3%)

Emerging groups

From 2013 to 2018, Napier City's population increased by 4,998 people (8.7%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.69% 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) (+1,470 persons)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+1,122 persons)
  • Primary Schoolers (5 to 11) (+753 persons)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+612 persons)

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