Service age groups
Altona North had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Hobsons Bay City in 2016.
The Age Structure of Altona North provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Altona 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.
Derived from the Census question:
'What is the person's date of birth or age?'
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Analysis of the service age groups of Altona North in 2016 compared to Hobsons Bay City shows that there was a similar 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, 21.4% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 25.8% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 21.5% and 20.0% respectively for Hobsons Bay City.
The major differences between the age structure of Altona North and Hobsons Bay City were:
- A larger percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (13.7% compared to 8.2%)
- A larger percentage of 'Elderly aged (85 and over)' (4.0% compared to 2.2%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)' (9.2% compared to 13.3%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (20.7% compared to 22.5%)
From 2011 to 2016, Altona North's population increased by 770 people (6.7%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.3% 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) (+383 people)
- Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) (+163 people)
- Young workforce (25 to 34) (+116 people)
- Elderly aged (85 and over) (+98 people)