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Service age groups

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 2011.

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 last birthday)?'

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
City of Adelaide - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idBabies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)5332.76.04302.65.7+103
map this data in atlas.idPrimary schoolers (5 to 11)4342.28.13632.28.6+71
map this data in atlas.idSecondary schoolers (12 to 17)4442.37.54452.77.8-1
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)5,19826.59.84,17925.19.9+1,019
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)4,58423.313.43,71322.312.8+871
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)3,23516.520.93,00518.022.0+230
map this data in atlas.idOlder workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)1,9409.913.11,95511.713.3-15
map this data in atlas.idEmpty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)1,7799.110.21,2527.58.8+527
map this data in atlas.idSeniors (70 to 84)1,1245.78.79855.99.1+139
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)3681.92.43272.02.1+41

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

Age structure - service age groups, 2011
Age structure - service age groups, 2011 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Greater Adelaide: 6.0% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Greater Adelaide: 8.1% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Greater Adelaide: 7.5% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Greater Adelaide: 9.8% Young workforce (25 to 34), Greater Adelaide: 13.4% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Greater Adelaide: 20.9% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Greater Adelaide: 13.1% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Greater Adelaide: 10.2% Seniors (70 to 84), Greater Adelaide: 8.7% Elderly aged (85 and over), Greater Adelaide: 2.4% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), City of Adelaide: 2.7% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), City of Adelaide: 2.2% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), City of Adelaide: 2.3% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), City of Adelaide: 26.5% Young workforce (25 to 34), City of Adelaide: 23.3% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), City of Adelaide: 16.5% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), City of Adelaide: 9.9% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), City of Adelaide: 9.1% Seniors (70 to 84), City of Adelaide: 5.7% Elderly aged (85 and over), City of Adelaide: 1.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2006 to 2011
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2006 to 2011 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), City of Adelaide: +103 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), City of Adelaide: +71 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), City of Adelaide: -1 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), City of Adelaide: +1,019 Young workforce (25 to 34), City of Adelaide: +871 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), City of Adelaide: +230 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), City of Adelaide: -15 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), City of Adelaide: +527 Seniors (70 to 84), City of Adelaide: +139 Elderly aged (85 and over), City of Adelaide: +41
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 2011 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, 7.2% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 16.7% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 21.5% and 21.3% 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' (26.5% compared to 9.8%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Young workforce' (23.3% compared to 13.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Primary schoolers' (2.2% compared to 8.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Secondary schoolers' (2.3% compared to 7.5%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, City of Adelaide's population increased by 2,985 people (17.9%). This represents an average annual population change of 3.35% per year over the period.

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

  • Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) (+1,019 people)
  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+871 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+527 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+230 people)