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South Wairarapa District

Service age groups

South Wairarapa District had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of people at post retirement age than Wellington 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. South Wairarapa 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 South Wairarapa District's demographic characteristics, South Wairarapa 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
South Wairarapa District - Total persons20182013Change
Service age group (years)Number%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2013 to 2018
Babies and Pre-schoolers (0 to 4)5825.55.96246.56.7-42
Primary Schoolers (5 to 11)9699.29.08679.19.0+102
Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17)6846.57.37057.47.8-21
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)5285.010.25615.910.6-33
Young workforce (25 to 34)9458.914.57387.713.1+207
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)2,04019.320.41,95320.521.7+87
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)1,71916.313.11,47315.512.9+246
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)1,59615.19.81,43415.19.5+162
Seniors (70 to 84)1,32012.58.099610.57.3+324
Elderly aged (85 and over)1861.81.71771.91.6+9
Total population10,569100.0100.09,528100.0100.0+1,041
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.
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Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of South Wairarapa District in 2018 compared to Wellington Region shows that there was a lower 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, 21.1% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 29.4% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 22.2% and 19.5% respectively for Wellington Region.

The major differences between the age structure of South Wairarapa District and Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (15.1% compared to 9.8%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (12.5% compared to 8.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (8.9% compared to 14.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (5.0% compared to 10.2%)

Emerging groups

From 2013 to 2018, South Wairarapa District's population increased by 1,041 people (10.9%). This represents an average annual population change of 2.1% per year over the period.

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

  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+324 persons)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+246 persons)
  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+207 persons)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+162 persons)

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