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Wellington CityCommunity profile


Service age groups

Northern-Ward had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a similar proportion of people at post retirement age than Wellington City 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. Northern-Ward'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 Northern-Ward's demographic characteristics, Northern-Ward's Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Family and Household type data.


Derived from the Census question:

'When were you born?'

Age structure - Service age groups
Northern-Ward - Total persons20182013Change
Service age group (years)Number%Wellington City %Number%Wellington City %2013 to 2018
Babies and Pre-schoolers (0 to 4)3,2976.95.13,3307.66.0-33
Primary Schoolers (5 to 11)4,81210.17.94,1979.57.9+615
Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17)3,6547.66.63,7508.56.8-96
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)4,1618.714.03,8228.714.3+339
Young workforce (25 to 34)7,21215.117.96,09013.916.7+1,122
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)11,10323.221.310,72524.422.5+378
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)6,21313.012.45,46612.411.8+747
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)3,8558.18.03,5048.07.7+351
Seniors (70 to 84)2,8415.95.72,4935.75.1+348
Elderly aged (85 and over)6451.31.25851.31.1+60
Total population47,793100.0100.043,962100.0100.0+3,831
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 Northern-Ward in 2018 compared to Wellington City 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, 24.6% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 15.4% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 19.5% and 14.9% respectively for Wellington City.

The major differences between the age structure of Northern-Ward and Wellington City were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Primary Schoolers (5 to 11)' (10.1% compared to 7.9%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (23.2% compared to 21.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (8.7% compared to 14.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (15.1% compared to 17.9%)

Emerging groups

From 2013 to 2018, Northern-Ward's population increased by 3,831 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) (+1,122 persons)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+747 persons)
  • Primary Schoolers (5 to 11) (+615 persons)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+378 persons)

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