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Rural Balance had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than the City of Melton in 2011.

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

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
Rural Balance - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Service age group (years)Number%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idBabies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)2164.89.31795.18.9+37
map this data in atlas.idPrimary schoolers (5 to 11)2866.311.12868.111.20
map this data in atlas.idSecondary schoolers (12 to 17)2766.18.53098.89.1-33
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)49510.99.235810.19.7+138
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)79417.517.252314.818.3+271
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)1,09524.123.382823.522.4+267
map this data in atlas.idOlder workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)69215.310.857516.311.7+117
map this data in atlas.idEmpty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)50211.16.73078.74.9+195
map this data in atlas.idSeniors (70 to 84)1583.53.51514.33.2+6
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)200.40.6100.30.6+11

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Age structure - service age groups, 2011
Age structure - service age groups, 2011 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), City of Melton: 9.3% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), City of Melton: 11.1% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), City of Melton: 8.5% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), City of Melton: 9.2% Young workforce (25 to 34), City of Melton: 17.2% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), City of Melton: 23.3% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), City of Melton: 10.8% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), City of Melton: 6.7% Seniors (70 to 84), City of Melton: 3.5% Elderly aged (85 and over), City of Melton: 0.6% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Rural Balance: 4.8% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Rural Balance: 6.3% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Rural Balance: 6.1% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Rural Balance: 10.9% Young workforce (25 to 34), Rural Balance: 17.5% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Rural Balance: 24.1% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Rural Balance: 15.3% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Rural Balance: 11.1% Seniors (70 to 84), Rural Balance: 3.5% Elderly aged (85 and over), Rural Balance: 0.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2006 to 2011
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2006 to 2011 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Rural Balance: +37 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Rural Balance: 0 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Rural Balance: -33 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Rural Balance: +138 Young workforce (25 to 34), Rural Balance: +271 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Rural Balance: +267 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Rural Balance: +117 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Rural Balance: +195 Seniors (70 to 84), Rural Balance: +6 Elderly aged (85 and over), Rural Balance: +11
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of Rural Balance in 2011 compared to the City of Melton shows that there was a lower proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 17.2% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 15.0% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 28.8% and 10.7% respectively for the City of Melton.

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

  • A larger percentage of 'Older workers & pre-retirees' (15.3% compared to 10.8%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees' (11.1% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Primary schoolers' (6.3% compared to 11.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Babies and pre-schoolers' (4.8% compared to 9.3%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Rural Balance's population increased by 1,009 people (28.6%). This represents an average annual population change of 5.16% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2006 and 2011 were in the age groups:

  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+271 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+267 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+195 people)
  • Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) (+138 people)