The City of Knox had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Melbourne in 2016.
The Age Structure of the City of Knox provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of the City of Knox'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 the City of Knox in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne 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 21.6% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 21.7% and 19.0% respectively for Greater Melbourne.
The major differences between the age structure of the City of Knox and Greater Melbourne were:
- A larger percentage of 'Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)' (14.0% compared to 11.9%)
- A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (11.3% compared to 9.3%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (13.2% compared to 16.3%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (9.3% compared to 10.0%)
From 2011 to 2016, City of Knox's population increased by 4,813 people (3.2%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.64% 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) (+2,552 people)
- Seniors (70 to 84) (+2,389 people)
- Young workforce (25 to 34) (+1,567 people)
- Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) (-1,154 people)