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Caroline Springs

Service age groups

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Caroline Springs had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than City of Melton in 2016.

The Age Structure of Caroline Springs provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Caroline Springs'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 Caroline Springs's Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Household Types and Dwelling Types.

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Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's date of birth or age?'

Age structure - Service age groups
Caroline Springs - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) 2,047 8.4 8.5 2,255 11.1 9.3 -208
Primary schoolers (5 to 11) 3,270 13.5 11.8 2,587 12.7 11.1 +682
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) 2,341 9.7 8.3 1,737 8.5 8.5 +603
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) 1,944 8.0 8.9 1,505 7.4 9.2 +438
Young workforce (25 to 34) 3,384 14.0 15.5 3,942 19.3 17.2 -558
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) 6,799 28.1 23.7 5,454 26.7 23.3 +1,345
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) 2,279 9.4 10.4 1,692 8.3 10.8 +587
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) 1,422 5.9 7.9 822 4.0 6.7 +599
Seniors (70 to 84) 714 2.9 4.3 385 1.9 3.5 +329
Elderly aged (85 and over) 32 0.1 0.7 18 0.1 0.6 +14
Total24,232100.0100.020,401100.0100.0+3,831
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 service age groups of Caroline Springs in 2016 compared to City of Melton shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 31.6% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 8.9% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 28.6% and 12.8% respectively for City of Melton.

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

  • A larger percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (28.1% compared to 23.7%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Primary schoolers (5 to 11)' (13.5% compared to 11.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (5.9% compared to 7.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (14.0% compared to 15.5%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Caroline Springs's population increased by 3,831 people (18.8%). This represents an average annual population change of 3.5% 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) (+1,345 people)
  • Primary schoolers (5 to 11) (+682 people)
  • Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) (+603 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+599 people)