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Service age groups

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

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 an indicator of Harkness'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 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?'

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
Harkness - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idBabies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)98111.18.556610.29.3+416
map this data in atlas.idPrimary schoolers (5 to 11)1,13212.811.869412.511.1+438
map this data in atlas.idSecondary schoolers (12 to 17)7678.78.35289.58.5+239
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)8629.88.958510.69.2+277
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)1,69419.215.51,10920.017.2+586
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)1,83220.823.71,19321.523.3+639
map this data in atlas.idOlder workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)7528.510.44758.610.8+277
map this data in atlas.idEmpty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)5416.17.93115.66.7+230
map this data in atlas.idSeniors (70 to 84)2482.84.3771.43.5+172
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)60.10.7100.20.6-4

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 Melton: 8.5% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), City of Melton: 11.8% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), City of Melton: 8.3% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), City of Melton: 8.9% Young workforce (25 to 34), City of Melton: 15.5% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), City of Melton: 23.7% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), City of Melton: 10.4% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), City of Melton: 7.9% Seniors (70 to 84), City of Melton: 4.3% Elderly aged (85 and over), City of Melton: 0.7% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Harkness: 11.1% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Harkness: 12.8% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Harkness: 8.7% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Harkness: 9.8% Young workforce (25 to 34), Harkness: 19.2% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Harkness: 20.8% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Harkness: 8.5% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Harkness: 6.1% Seniors (70 to 84), Harkness: 2.8% Elderly aged (85 and over), Harkness: 0.1%
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), Harkness: +416 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Harkness: +438 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Harkness: +239 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Harkness: +277 Young workforce (25 to 34), Harkness: +586 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Harkness: +639 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Harkness: +277 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Harkness: +230 Seniors (70 to 84), Harkness: +172 Elderly aged (85 and over), Harkness: -4
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 Harkness 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, 32.7% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 9.0% 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 Harkness and City of Melton were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Young workforce' (19.2% compared to 15.5%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Babies and pre-schoolers' (11.1% compared to 8.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders' (20.8% compared to 23.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Older workers & pre-retirees' (8.5% compared to 10.4%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Harkness's population increased by 3,269 people (58.9%). This represents an average annual population change of 9.7% 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) (+639 people)
  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+586 people)
  • Primary schoolers (5 to 11) (+438 people)
  • Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) (+416 people)

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