City of Knox
Service age groups
The City of Knox has a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and the same proportion of people at post retirement age than Greater Melbourne.
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 last birthday)?'
|Age structure - service age groups|
|City of Knox||2011||2006||Change|
|Service age group (years)||Number||%||Greater Melbourne %||Number||%||Greater Melbourne %||2006 to 2011|
|Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)||8,928||6.0||6.5||8,992||6.1||6.3||-64||1000|
|Primary schoolers (5 to 11)||12,720||8.5||8.4||14,113||9.6||8.8||-1,393||1001|
|Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)||12,427||8.3||7.3||13,758||9.4||7.8||-1,331||1002|
|Tertiary education & independence (18 to 24)||14,727||9.9||10.1||14,546||9.9||10.1||+181||1003|
|Young workforce (25 to 34)||18,765||12.6||15.4||18,583||12.7||14.8||+182||1004|
|Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)||32,872||22.0||22.0||34,180||23.3||22.7||-1,308||1005|
|Older workers & pre-retirees (50 to 59)||21,095||14.1||12.1||20,245||13.8||12.2||+850||1006|
|Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)||14,912||10.0||9.0||11,546||7.9||8.1||+3,366||1007|
|Seniors (70 to 84)||10,326||6.9||7.4||8,724||5.9||7.6||+1,602||1008|
|Elderly aged (85 and over)||2,528||1.7||1.8||2,031||1.4||1.6||+497||1009|
Analysis of the service age groups of the City of Knox in 2011 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a similar proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).
Overall, 22.8% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 18.6% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 22.2% and 18.2% 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 & pre-retirees' (14.1% compared to 12.1%)
- A larger percentage of 'Secondary schoolers' (8.3% compared to 7.3%)
- A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees' (10.0% compared to 9.0%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce' (12.6% compared to 15.4%)
From 2006 to 2011, City of Knox's population increased by 2,582 people (1.8%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.35% per year over the period.
The largest changes in age structure in this area between 2006 and 2011 were in the age groups:
- Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+3,366 persons)
- Seniors (70 to 84) (+1,602 persons)
- Primary schoolers (5 to 11) (-1,393 persons)
- Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) (-1,331 persons)