Service age groups
Melton had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Melton West 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?'
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Analysis of the service age groups of Melton in 2016 compared to Melton West 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 26.6% and 17.6% respectively for Melton West.
The major differences between the age structure of Melton and Melton West were:
- A larger percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (9.3% compared to 5.4%)
- A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (14.8% compared to 11.5%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (18.4% compared to 21.0%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Primary schoolers (5 to 11)' (8.5% compared to 10.9%)
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)