Melton had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Brookfield in 2016.
The Age Structure of Melton provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Melton'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.
Derived from the Census question:
'What is the person's date of birth or age?'
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Analysis of the service age groups of Melton in 2016 compared to Brookfield 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, 21.6% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 25.3% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 30.4% and 14.1% respectively for Brookfield.
The major differences between the age structure of Melton and Brookfield were:
- A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (14.8% compared to 8.0%)
- A larger percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (9.3% compared to 5.1%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)' (7.0% compared to 10.6%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (13.9% compared to 17.1%)
From 2011 to 2016, Melton's population increased by 427 people (5.5%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.08% 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) (+180 people)
- Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+156 people)
- Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (-103 people)
- Young workforce (25 to 34) (+89 people)