The Shire of Ashburton had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than Regional WA in 2016.
The Age Structure of the Shire of Ashburton provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of the Shire of Ashburton'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.
Derived from the Census question:
'What is the person's date of birth or age?'
|Age structure - Service age groups|
|Shire of Ashburton - Total persons (Usual residence)||2016||2011||Change|
|Service age group (years)||Number||%||Regional WA %||Number||%||Regional WA %||2011 to 2016|
|Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)||699||5.4||6.7||719||7.2||7.2||-20|
|Primary schoolers (5 to 11)||810||6.2||9.8||818||8.2||9.9||-8|
|Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)||356||2.7||7.4||409||4.1||8.0||-53|
|Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)||649||5.0||7.0||880||8.8||7.9||-231|
|Young workforce (25 to 34)||3,455||26.5||13.6||2,436||24.4||13.7||+1,019|
|Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)||4,330||33.2||20.8||3,071||30.7||22.5||+1,259|
|Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)||2,004||15.4||14.1||1,260||12.6||13.7||+744|
|Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)||638||4.9||11.3||354||3.5||9.5||+284|
|Seniors (70 to 84)||75||0.6||7.8||51||0.5||6.4||+24|
|Elderly aged (85 and over)||7||0.1||1.5||4||0.0||1.2||+3|
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Analysis of the service age groups of the Shire of Ashburton in 2016 compared to Regional WA 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, 14.3% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 5.5% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 23.9% and 20.6% respectively for Regional WA.
The major differences between the age structure of the Shire of Ashburton and Regional WA were:
- A larger percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (26.5% compared to 13.6%)
- A larger percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (33.2% compared to 20.8%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (0.6% compared to 7.8%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (4.9% compared to 11.3%)
From 2011 to 2016, Shire of Ashburton's population increased by 3,021 people (30.2%). This represents an average annual population change of 5.42% per year over the period.
The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:
- Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+1,259 people)
- Young workforce (25 to 34) (+1,019 people)
- Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+744 people)
- Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+284 people)