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New South Wales
Population

In 2011, 26% of people in New South Wales were children (aged under 19 years), 34% were young adults (20 to 44), 40% were older adults (45 years and over).

The Age Structure of the New South Wales provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is also an indicator of the New South Wales's residential role and function and how it is likely to change in the future.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's date of birth (or age last birthday)?'

Total NSW population

Age structure - Five year age groups
New South Wales - Total persons20112006Change
Five year age groups (years)NumberNew South Wales %Australia %NumberNew South Wales %Australia %2006 to 2011
0 to 4458,7146.66.6420,4346.46.4+38,280
5 to 9434,5886.36.3431,9236.66.6+2,665
10 to 14439,2366.36.4446,5636.86.9-7,327
15 to 19443,5106.46.5439,8636.76.8+3,647
20 to 24449,6396.56.7431,8526.66.7+17,787
25 to 29473,1496.87.0424,1516.56.4+48,998
30 to 34468,2886.86.8466,8947.17.1+1,394
35 to 39488,2647.17.1474,6847.27.4+13,580
40 to 44483,3337.07.1483,1567.47.4+177
45 to 49481,5307.07.0475,2317.37.3+6,299
50 to 54469,0816.86.7429,1086.66.6+39,973
55 to 59419,7206.16.0401,9166.16.2+17,804
60 to 64390,7465.65.6317,6264.84.8+73,120
65 to 69304,3564.44.3254,4243.93.8+49,932
70 to 74237,3123.43.3210,8993.23.1+26,413
75 to 79185,9652.72.6188,0902.92.8-2,125
80 to 84150,5052.22.1140,7022.12.1+9,803
85 and over139,6652.01.9111,6601.71.6+28,005

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 85 and over, Total Australia population: 1.9% 80 to 84, Total Australia population: 2.1% 75 to 79, Total Australia population: 2.6% 70 to 74, Total Australia population: 3.3% 65 to 69, Total Australia population: 4.3% 60 to 64, Total Australia population: 5.6% 55 to 59, Total Australia population: 6.0% 50 to 54, Total Australia population: 6.7% 45 to 49, Total Australia population: 7.0% 40 to 44, Total Australia population: 7.1% 35 to 39, Total Australia population: 7.1% 30 to 34, Total Australia population: 6.8% 25 to 29, Total Australia population: 7.0% 20 to 24, Total Australia population: 6.7% 15 to 19, Total Australia population: 6.5% 10 to 14, Total Australia population: 6.4% 5 to 9, Total Australia population: 6.3% 0 to 4, Total Australia population: 6.6% 85 and over, New South Wales: 2.0% 80 to 84, New South Wales: 2.2% 75 to 79, New South Wales: 2.7% 70 to 74, New South Wales: 3.4% 65 to 69, New South Wales: 4.4% 60 to 64, New South Wales: 5.6% 55 to 59, New South Wales: 6.1% 50 to 54, New South Wales: 6.8% 45 to 49, New South Wales: 7.0% 40 to 44, New South Wales: 7.0% 35 to 39, New South Wales: 7.1% 30 to 34, New South Wales: 6.8% 25 to 29, New South Wales: 6.8% 20 to 24, New South Wales: 6.5% 15 to 19, New South Wales: 6.4% 10 to 14, New South Wales: 6.3% 5 to 9, New South Wales: 6.3% 0 to 4, New South Wales: 6.6%
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 85 and over, New South Wales: +28,005 80 to 84, New South Wales: +9,803 75 to 79, New South Wales: -2,125 70 to 74, New South Wales: +26,413 65 to 69, New South Wales: +49,932 60 to 64, New South Wales: +73,120 55 to 59, New South Wales: +17,804 50 to 54, New South Wales: +39,973 45 to 49, New South Wales: +6,299 40 to 44, New South Wales: +177 35 to 39, New South Wales: +13,580 30 to 34, New South Wales: +1,394 25 to 29, New South Wales: +48,998 20 to 24, New South Wales: +17,787 15 to 19, New South Wales: +3,647 10 to 14, New South Wales: -7,327 5 to 9, New South Wales: +2,665 0 to 4, New South Wales: +38,280
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 the population in New South Wales compared to the Australian population shows that in 2011 there was a similar proportion of people in the younger age groups (under 15) and a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (65+).

Overall, 19.3% of the population was aged between 0 and 15, and 14.7% were aged 65 years and over, compared with 19.3% and 14.2% respectively for the Australian population.

There were no major differences between age structure of the New South Wales and the Australian population in 2011.

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, New South Wales's population increased by 368,425 people (5.6%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.1% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2006 and 2011 were in the age groups:

  • 60 to 64 (+73,120 persons)
  • 65 to 69 (+49,932 persons)
  • 25 to 29 (+48,998 persons)
  • 50 to 54 (+39,973 persons)