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CAD East

Service age groups

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

The Age Structure of CAD East provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of CAD East'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 CAD East'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?'

Age structure - Service age groups
CAD East - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%City of Adelaide %Number%City of Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)652.32.3532.32.7+12
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)311.12.4351.52.2-4
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)210.82.1241.12.3-3
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)1,07438.627.386237.126.5+212
Young workforce (25 to 34)69925.223.560826.223.3+91
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)33412.015.330112.916.5+34
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)1716.29.61697.39.9+3
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)2007.29.41416.19.1+59
Seniors (70 to 84)1515.56.41155.05.7+36
Elderly aged (85 and over)301.11.7140.61.9+16
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of CAD East in 2016 compared to City of 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, 4.3% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 13.7% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 6.7% and 17.5% respectively for City of Adelaide.

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

  • A larger percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (38.6% compared to 27.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)' (6.2% compared to 9.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (12.0% compared to 15.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (7.2% compared to 9.4%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, CAD East's population increased by 453 people (19.5%). This represents an average annual population change of 3.62% 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) (+212 people)
  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+91 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+59 people)

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