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Service age groups

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Canterbury had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than City of Boroondara in 2016.

The Age Structure of Canterbury provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Canterbury'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 Canterbury'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
Canterbury - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)3274.14.63043.95.1+23
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)7108.98.66538.48.5+57
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)7279.18.27519.78.1-25
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)82210.310.982410.611.1-2
Young workforce (25 to 34)6638.313.55917.612.8+72
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)1,35517.019.81,44118.620.9-86
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)1,16714.713.21,24616.113.2-78
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)97812.310.089011.59.4+88
Seniors (70 to 84)81810.38.47169.27.9+103
Elderly aged (85 and over)3914.92.93404.42.9+50
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

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

Overall, 22.2% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 27.5% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 21.4% and 21.3% respectively for City of Boroondara.

The major differences between the age structure of Canterbury and City of Boroondara were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (12.3% compared to 10.0%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Elderly aged (85 and over)' (4.9% compared to 2.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (8.3% compared to 13.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (17.0% compared to 19.8%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Canterbury's population increased by 201 people (2.6%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.51% per year over the period.

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

  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+103 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+88 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (-86 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (-78 people)