Service age groups
Mitcham had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than City of Mitcham in 2016.
The Age Structure of Mitcham provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Mitcham'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 Mitcham in 2016 compared to City of Mitcham 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, 19.0% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 32.9% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 21.4% and 25.4% respectively for City of Mitcham.
The major differences between the age structure of Mitcham and City of Mitcham were:
- A larger percentage of 'Elderly aged (85 and over)' (7.3% compared to 3.4%)
- A larger percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (12.3% compared to 10.4%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (16.9% compared to 20.0%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Primary schoolers (5 to 11)' (6.6% compared to 8.6%)
From 2011 to 2016, Mitcham's population increased by 73 people (4.1%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.81% per year over the period.
The largest change in the age structure in this area between 2011 and 2016 was in the age group:
- Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (-58 people)