The Census population of Thornlands in 2011 was 12,811 with a population density of 5.90 persons per hectare, living in 4,424 dwellings with an average household size of 2.98. There were 252 people over the age of 85 living in Thornlands, with largest age group being 10 to 14 year olds in 2011.
The Age Structure of Thornlands provides insights into the suburb’s age profile which is a key consideration during disaster preparation, response and recovery to accommodate the needs of the community. It is also an indicator of Thornlands’ level of demand for age based services and how it is likely to change in the future.
Analysis of the five year age groups of Thornlands in 2011 compared to Redland City shows that 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, 22.4% of the population was aged between 0 and 15, and 12.8% were aged 65 years and over, compared with 20.1% and 14.5% respectively for Redland City.
The major differences between the age structure of Thornlands and Redland City were:
- A larger percentage of persons aged 10 to 14 (8.4% compared to 7.2%)
- A larger percentage of persons aged 5 to 9 (7.8% compared to 6.7%)
- A smaller percentage of persons aged 60 to 64 (4.9% compared to 6.3%)
- A smaller percentage of persons aged 30 to 34 (4.3% compared to 5.3%)
From 2006 to 2011, Thornlands’s population increased by 2,293 people (21.8%). This represents an average annual population change of 4.02% per year over the period.
The largest changes in age structure in this area between 2006 and 2011 were in the age groups:
- 50 to 54 (+233 persons)
- 65 to 69 (+192 persons)
- 40 to 44 (+184 persons)
- 10 to 14 (+170 persons)
Need for assistance
426 people or 3.3% of the population in Thornlands reported needing help in their day-to-day lives due to disability. Please note: A person’s reported need for assistance is based on the subjective assessment of people evaluating themselves, (or their carers), as being in need of assistance and should therefore be treated with caution.
Thornlands’ disability statistics relate directly to need for assistance due to a ‘profound or severe core activity limitation’. This population is defined as people who need assistance in their day to day lives with any or all of the following activities – self-care, body movements or communication – because of a disability, long-term health condition, or old age. Thornlands’ disability statistics help in understanding the prevalence of people who need support in the community, particularly during a disaster.
Analysis of the need for assistance of people in Thornlands compared to Redland City shows that there was a lower proportion of people who reported needing assistance with core activities. Overall, 3.3% of the population reported needing assistance with core activities, compared with 4.7% for Redland City.
The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance in Thornlands and Redland City were:
- A larger percentage of persons aged 70 to 74 (11.2% compared to 9.3%)
- A smaller percentage of persons aged 85 and over (39.0% compared to 49.0%)
- A smaller percentage of persons aged 75 to 79 (11.5% compared to 15.0%)
- A smaller percentage of persons aged 60 to 64 (4.2% compared to 6.5%)
The main difference in the age groups reporting a need for assistance between 2006 and 2011 in Thornlands was in the age group:
- 65 to 69 (+25 persons)