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Ferntree Gully

Service age groups

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Ferntree Gully had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a similar proportion of persons at post retirement age than the City of Knox in 2016.

The Age Structure of Ferntree Gully provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Ferntree Gully'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 Ferntree Gully'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?'

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
Ferntree Gully - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idBabies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)1,6316.25.81,5796.16.0+52
map this data in atlas.idPrimary schoolers (5 to 11)2,1158.08.22,2018.58.5-86
map this data in atlas.idSecondary schoolers (12 to 17)1,8246.97.32,0087.78.3-184
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)2,2228.49.32,3258.99.9-103
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)3,66513.913.23,54913.712.6+117
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)5,65521.520.65,80422.322.0-148
map this data in atlas.idOlder workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)3,44113.114.03,54913.714.1-107
map this data in atlas.idEmpty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)3,04211.511.32,78610.710.0+256
map this data in atlas.idSeniors (70 to 84)2,2738.68.31,8006.96.9+473
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)4811.82.03851.51.7+97

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Age structure - service age groups, 2016
Age structure - service age groups, 2016 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), City of Knox: 5.8% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), City of Knox: 8.2% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), City of Knox: 7.3% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), City of Knox: 9.3% Young workforce (25 to 34), City of Knox: 13.2% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), City of Knox: 20.6% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), City of Knox: 14.0% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), City of Knox: 11.3% Seniors (70 to 84), City of Knox: 8.3% Elderly aged (85 and over), City of Knox: 2.0% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Ferntree Gully: 6.2% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Ferntree Gully: 8.0% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Ferntree Gully: 6.9% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Ferntree Gully: 8.4% Young workforce (25 to 34), Ferntree Gully: 13.9% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Ferntree Gully: 21.5% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Ferntree Gully: 13.1% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Ferntree Gully: 11.5% Seniors (70 to 84), Ferntree Gully: 8.6% Elderly aged (85 and over), Ferntree Gully: 1.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2011 to 2016
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2011 to 2016 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Ferntree Gully: +52 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Ferntree Gully: -86 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Ferntree Gully: -184 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Ferntree Gully: -103 Young workforce (25 to 34), Ferntree Gully: +117 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Ferntree Gully: -148 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Ferntree Gully: -107 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Ferntree Gully: +256 Seniors (70 to 84), Ferntree Gully: +473 Elderly aged (85 and over), Ferntree Gully: +97
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

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

Overall, 21.1% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 22.0% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 21.4% and 21.6% respectively for the City of Knox.

The major differences between the age structure of Ferntree Gully and the City of Knox were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders' (21.5% compared to 20.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Older workers & pre-retirees' (13.1% compared to 14.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Tertiary education & independence' (8.4% compared to 9.3%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Ferntree Gully's population increased by 366 people (1.4%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.28% 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) (+473 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+256 people)
  • Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) (-184 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (-148 people)

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