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Service age groups

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The City of Adelaide had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Adelaide in 2016.

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

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 the City of Adelaide's Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Household Types and Dwelling Types.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's date of birth or age?'

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
City of Adelaide - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idBabies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)5072.35.95332.76.0-26
map this data in atlas.idPrimary schoolers (5 to 11)5192.48.24342.28.1+85
map this data in atlas.idSecondary schoolers (12 to 17)4562.16.94442.37.5+12
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)6,02127.39.55,19826.59.8+823
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)5,19723.513.84,58423.313.4+613
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)3,38115.319.73,23516.520.9+146
map this data in atlas.idOlder workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)2,1199.613.11,9409.913.1+179
map this data in atlas.idEmpty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)2,0689.411.11,7799.110.2+289
map this data in atlas.idSeniors (70 to 84)1,4226.49.31,1245.78.7+298
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)3791.72.63681.92.4+11

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Age structure - service age groups, 2016
Age structure - service age groups, 2016 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Greater Adelaide: 5.9% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Greater Adelaide: 8.2% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Greater Adelaide: 6.9% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Greater Adelaide: 9.5% Young workforce (25 to 34), Greater Adelaide: 13.8% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Greater Adelaide: 19.7% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Greater Adelaide: 13.1% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Greater Adelaide: 11.1% Seniors (70 to 84), Greater Adelaide: 9.3% Elderly aged (85 and over), Greater Adelaide: 2.6% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), City of Adelaide: 2.3% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), City of Adelaide: 2.4% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), City of Adelaide: 2.1% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), City of Adelaide: 27.3% Young workforce (25 to 34), City of Adelaide: 23.5% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), City of Adelaide: 15.3% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), City of Adelaide: 9.6% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), City of Adelaide: 9.4% Seniors (70 to 84), City of Adelaide: 6.4% Elderly aged (85 and over), City of Adelaide: 1.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2011 to 2016
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2011 to 2016 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), City of Adelaide: -26 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), City of Adelaide: +85 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), City of Adelaide: +12 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), City of Adelaide: +823 Young workforce (25 to 34), City of Adelaide: +613 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), City of Adelaide: +146 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), City of Adelaide: +179 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), City of Adelaide: +289 Seniors (70 to 84), City of Adelaide: +298 Elderly aged (85 and over), City of Adelaide: +11
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of the City of Adelaide in 2016 compared to Greater Adelaide shows that there was a lower proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) as well as a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 6.7% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 17.5% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 21.0% and 23.0% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

The major differences between the age structure of the City of Adelaide and Greater Adelaide were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Tertiary education & independence' (27.3% compared to 9.5%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Young workforce' (23.5% compared to 13.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Primary schoolers' (2.4% compared to 8.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Secondary schoolers' (2.1% compared to 6.9%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, City of Adelaide's population increased by 2,430 people (12.4%). This represents an average annual population change of 2.36% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) (+823 people)
  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+613 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+298 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+289 people)

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