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Wellington CityCommunity profile

Wellington City

Service age groups

Wellington City had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower 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. Wellington 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 Wellington City's demographic characteristics, Wellington 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
Wellington City - Total persons20182013Change
Service age group (years)Number%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2013 to 2018
Babies and Pre-schoolers (0 to 4)10,2935.15.911,4936.06.7-1,200
Primary Schoolers (5 to 11)16,0057.99.015,0607.99.0+945
Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17)13,3266.67.312,9906.87.8+336
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)28,45814.010.227,30914.310.6+1,149
Young workforce (25 to 34)36,22517.914.531,91116.713.1+4,314
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)43,21821.320.443,04422.521.7+174
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)25,06212.413.122,52711.812.9+2,535
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)16,2248.09.814,7277.79.5+1,497
Seniors (70 to 84)11,4815.78.09,7565.17.3+1,725
Elderly aged (85 and over)2,4451.21.72,1421.11.6+303
Total population202,737100.0100.0190,959100.0100.0+11,778
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 Wellington City in 2018 compared to Wellington Region shows that there was a lower proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) as well as a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 19.5% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 14.9% 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 Wellington City and Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (14.0% compared to 10.2%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (17.9% compared to 14.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (5.7% compared to 8.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (8.0% compared to 9.8%)

Emerging groups

From 2013 to 2018, Wellington City's population increased by 11,778 people (6.2%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.2% 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) (+4,314 persons)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+2,535 persons)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+1,725 persons)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+1,497 persons)

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