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Five year age groups

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There were 6 people over the age of 85 living in Harkness in 2016, with largest age group being 0 to 4 year olds.

The Age Structure of Harkness provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is also an indicator of Harkness's residential role and function and how it is likely to change in the future.

Five year age groups present a classic age profile of the population. Each age group covers exactly five years, which enables direct comparison between each group.

To get a more complete picture Harkness'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?'

Age structure - Five year age groups
Harkness - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Five year age groups (years)Number%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
0 to 498111.18.556610.29.3+416
5 to 98339.48.74828.78.2+351
10 to 146757.67.44658.47.3+209
15 to 196036.86.64187.56.7+185
20 to 246427.36.44428.06.7+200
25 to 298239.37.159310.77.9+230
30 to 3488610.08.35159.39.3+371
35 to 396927.88.64828.79.2+210
40 to 446387.28.23836.97.8+255
45 to 495055.76.93275.96.4+178
50 to 544194.75.62434.45.6+176
55 to 593303.74.82314.25.1+99
60 to 643153.64.41843.34.2+131
65 to 692532.93.51272.32.5+126
70 to 741421.62.2290.51.6+113
75 to 79730.81.3340.61.1+39
80 to 84190.20.8130.20.8+6
85 and over60.10.7100.20.6-4
Total population8,842100.0100.05,551100.0100.0+3,291
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 five year age groups of Harkness in 2016 compared to City of Melton shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (under 15) and a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (65+).

Overall, 28.2% of the population was aged between 0 and 15, and 5.6% were aged 65 years and over, compared with 24.6% and 8.4% respectively for City of Melton.

The major differences between the age structure of Harkness and City of Melton were:

  • A larger percentage of persons aged 0 to 4 (11.1% compared to 8.5%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 25 to 29 (9.3% compared to 7.1%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 30 to 34 (10.0% compared to 8.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 45 to 49 (5.7% compared to 6.9%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Harkness's population increased by 3,291 people (59.3%). This represents an average annual population change of 9.76% per year over the period.

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

  • 0 to 4 (+416 persons)
  • 30 to 34 (+371 persons)
  • 5 to 9 (+351 persons)
  • 40 to 44 (+255 persons)

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