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Benalla Rural City

Service age groups

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Benalla Rural City had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Regional VIC in 2016.

The Age Structure of Benalla Rural City provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Benalla Rural City'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 Benalla Rural City's Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Household Types and Dwelling Types.

Q:

Derived from the Census question:

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

Age structure - Service age groups
Benalla Rural City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) 673 4.9 5.8 765 5.6 6.3 -92
Primary schoolers (5 to 11) 1,035 7.5 8.7 1,116 8.2 8.8 -81
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) 967 7.0 7.4 1,137 8.3 8.4 -170
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) 929 6.7 7.9 898 6.6 8.1 +31
Young workforce (25 to 34) 1,209 8.7 10.9 1,130 8.3 10.5 +79
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) 2,156 15.5 18.1 2,445 17.9 19.8 -289
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) 2,156 15.5 13.9 2,173 15.9 14.0 -17
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) 2,281 16.5 13.4 1,887 13.8 11.9 +394
Seniors (70 to 84) 1,932 13.9 11.1 1,679 12.3 10.0 +253
Elderly aged (85 and over) 528 3.8 2.7 413 3.0 2.3 +115
Total13,866100.0100.013,643100.0100.0+223
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 Benalla Rural City in 2016 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a lower proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 19.3% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 34.2% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 21.9% and 27.3% respectively for Regional VIC.

The major differences between the age structure of Benalla Rural City and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (16.5% compared to 13.4%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (13.9% compared to 11.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (15.5% compared to 18.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (8.7% compared to 10.9%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Benalla Rural City's population increased by 223 people (1.6%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.32% per year over the period.

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

  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+394 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (-289 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+253 people)
  • Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) (-170 people)