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Sunshine North

Service age groups

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Sunshine North had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than City of Brimbank in 2016.

The Age Structure of Sunshine North provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Sunshine North'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 Sunshine North'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
Sunshine North - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) 803 6.9 6.7 582 5.5 6.6 +221
Primary schoolers (5 to 11) 879 7.5 8.3 917 8.6 8.7 -38
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) 813 7.0 7.1 820 7.7 7.9 -7
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) 1,318 11.3 10.4 1,088 10.2 10.7 +230
Young workforce (25 to 34) 1,906 16.3 16.1 1,575 14.8 15.8 +331
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) 2,255 19.3 20.1 2,163 20.3 21.0 +92
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) 1,368 11.7 12.3 1,296 12.2 12.5 +72
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) 1,027 8.8 10.1 954 9.0 9.1 +73
Seniors (70 to 84) 995 8.5 7.3 1,016 9.6 6.5 -21
Elderly aged (85 and over) 331 2.8 1.5 225 2.1 1.2 +106
Total11,695100.0100.010,636100.0100.0+1,059
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 Sunshine North in 2016 compared to City of Brimbank 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, 21.3% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 20.1% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 22.1% and 19.0% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The major differences between the age structure of Sunshine North and City of Brimbank were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Elderly aged (85 and over)' (2.8% compared to 1.5%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (8.5% compared to 7.3%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (11.3% compared to 10.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (8.8% compared to 10.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Sunshine North's population increased by 1,059 people (10.0%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.92% per year over the period.

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

  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+331 people)
  • Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) (+230 people)
  • Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) (+221 people)
  • Elderly aged (85 and over) (+106 people)