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Whangarei District Council

Service age groups

Whangarei District Council 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. Whangarei District Council'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 Whangarei District Council's demographic characteristics, Whangarei District Council'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
Whangarei District Council - Total persons20182013Change
Service age group (years)Number%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2013 to 2018
Babies and Pre-schoolers (0 to 4)5,9976.66.35,5207.26.9+477
Primary Schoolers (5 to 11)9,50710.59.67,67710.09.4+1,830
Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17)7,0537.87.76,6248.68.3+429
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)6,4087.09.35,4367.19.6+972
Young workforce (25 to 34)10,55111.614.17,2459.412.1+3,306
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)15,72317.319.314,84419.320.6+879
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)12,49513.713.010,89314.113.2+1,602
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)11,27112.410.49,17711.910.1+2,094
Seniors (70 to 84)9,91510.98.57,86010.28.0+2,055
Elderly aged (85 and over)2,0372.21.81,7132.21.7+324
Total population90,957100.0100.076,989100.0100.0+13,968
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 Whangarei District Council in 2018 compared to New Zealand shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) as well as a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 24.8% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 25.5% 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 Whangarei District Council and New Zealand were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (10.9% compared to 8.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (11.6% compared to 14.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (7.0% compared to 9.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (17.3% compared to 19.3%)

Emerging groups

From 2013 to 2018, Whangarei District Council's population increased by 13,968 people (18.1%). This represents an average annual population change of 3.39% 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) (+3,306 persons)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+2,094 persons)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+2,055 persons)
  • Primary Schoolers (5 to 11) (+1,830 persons)

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