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Ancestry - Afghan
Age and gender

In 2011, 36% of the population with Afghan ancestry were children (aged under 19 years), 43% were young adults (20 to 44), 21% were older adults (45 years and over).

Communities with different ancestral backgrounds may have quite a different age profile to the general population, depending on when the main groups migrated. The data provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care and aged care within each ancestral group.

Five year age groups present a classic age profile of the population. Each age group covers exactly five years, which enables direct comparison between each group and by ancestry.

To get a more complete picture Afghan Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Household Composition.

Derived from the Census questions:

  • 'What is the person's date of birth (or age last birthday)?'
  • 'What is the person's ancestry?'(multi-response)

  • Total NSW population
  • Population with Afghan ancestry
Age structure - Five year age groups
Ancestry - Afghan - Total persons20112006Change
Five year age groups (years)NumberAfghan %% of total NSW populationNumberAfghan %% of total NSW population2006 to 2011
0 to 49469.66.66337.56.4+313
5 to 97037.16.37839.36.6-80
10 to 148398.56.31,00111.96.8-162
15 to 191,06810.86.41,07912.86.7-11
20 to 241,15811.76.593511.16.6+223
25 to 291,05110.66.87769.26.5+275
30 to 347888.06.86307.57.1+158
35 to 396276.37.15726.87.2+55
40 to 445996.17.05436.47.4+56
45 to 495495.67.05036.07.3+46
50 to 545165.26.83624.36.6+154
55 to 593914.06.12392.86.1+152
60 to 642532.65.61541.84.8+99
65 to 691821.84.4821.03.9+100
70 to 74930.93.4720.93.2+21
75 to 79630.62.7420.52.9+21
80 to 84360.42.2200.22.1+16
85 to 89210.21.4130.21.1+8
90 to 9460.10.550.10.4+1
95 to 9900.00.100.00.10
100 years and over00.00.000.00.00

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Age structure - five year age groups, 2011
Age structure - five year age groups, 2011 100+, Total New South Wales population: 0.0% 95-99, Total New South Wales population: 0.1% 90-94, Total New South Wales population: 0.5% 85-89, Total New South Wales population: 1.4% 80-84, Total New South Wales population: 2.2% 75-79, Total New South Wales population: 2.7% 70-74, Total New South Wales population: 3.4% 65-69, Total New South Wales population: 4.4% 60-64, Total New South Wales population: 5.6% 55-59, Total New South Wales population: 6.1% 50-54, Total New South Wales population: 6.8% 45-49, Total New South Wales population: 7.0% 40-44, Total New South Wales population: 7.0% 35-39, Total New South Wales population: 7.1% 30-34, Total New South Wales population: 6.8% 25-29, Total New South Wales population: 6.8% 20-24, Total New South Wales population: 6.5% 15-19, Total New South Wales population: 6.4% 10-14, Total New South Wales population: 6.3% 5-9, Total New South Wales population: 6.3% 0-4, Total New South Wales population: 6.6% 100+, Ancestry - Afghan: 0.0% 95-99, Ancestry - Afghan: 0.0% 90-94, Ancestry - Afghan: 0.1% 85-89, Ancestry - Afghan: 0.2% 80-84, Ancestry - Afghan: 0.4% 75-79, Ancestry - Afghan: 0.6% 70-74, Ancestry - Afghan: 0.9% 65-69, Ancestry - Afghan: 1.8% 60-64, Ancestry - Afghan: 2.6% 55-59, Ancestry - Afghan: 4.0% 50-54, Ancestry - Afghan: 5.2% 45-49, Ancestry - Afghan: 5.6% 40-44, Ancestry - Afghan: 6.1% 35-39, Ancestry - Afghan: 6.3% 30-34, Ancestry - Afghan: 8.0% 25-29, Ancestry - Afghan: 10.6% 20-24, Ancestry - Afghan: 11.7% 15-19, Ancestry - Afghan: 10.8% 10-14, Ancestry - Afghan: 8.5% 5-9, Ancestry - Afghan: 7.1% 0-4, Ancestry - Afghan: 9.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in age structure - five year age groups, 2006 to 2011
Change in age structure - five year age groups, 2006 to 2011 100+, Ancestry - Afghan: 0 95-99, Ancestry - Afghan: 0 90-94, Ancestry - Afghan: +1 85-89, Ancestry - Afghan: +8 80-84, Ancestry - Afghan: +16 75-79, Ancestry - Afghan: +21 70-74, Ancestry - Afghan: +21 65-69, Ancestry - Afghan: +100 60-64, Ancestry - Afghan: +99 55-59, Ancestry - Afghan: +152 50-54, Ancestry - Afghan: +154 45-49, Ancestry - Afghan: +46 40-44, Ancestry - Afghan: +56 35-39, Ancestry - Afghan: +55 30-34, Ancestry - Afghan: +158 25-29, Ancestry - Afghan: +275 20-24, Ancestry - Afghan: +223 15-19, Ancestry - Afghan: -11 10-14, Ancestry - Afghan: -162 5-9, Ancestry - Afghan: -80 0-4, Ancestry - Afghan: +313
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the five year age groups of New South Wales Afghan ancestry population compared to the total population shows that in 2011 there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (under 15) and a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (65+).

Overall, 25.2% of the population was aged between 0 and 15, and 4.1% were aged 65 years and over, compared with 19.3% and 14.7% respectively for the the New South Wales total population.

In NSW, the major differences between the age structure of Afghan ancestry population compared to the total population were:

  • A larger percentage of persons aged 20-24 (11.7% compared to 6.5%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 15-19 (10.8% compared to 6.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 25-29 (10.6% compared to 6.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 60-64 (2.6% compared to 5.6%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Afghan ancestry population increased by 1,445 people (17.1%). This represents an average annual population change of 3.21% per year over the period.

The largest changes in age structure of the Afghan ancestry population between 2006 and 2011 were in the age groups:

  • 0 to 4 (+313 persons)
  • 25 to 29 (+275 persons)
  • 20 to 24 (+223 persons)
  • 10 to 14 (-162 persons)