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Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers

Service age groups

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Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Mornington Peninsula Shire in 2016.

The Age Structure of Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers'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 Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers's Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Household Types and Dwelling Types.

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Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's date of birth or age?'

Age structure - Service age groups
Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Mornington Peninsula Shire %Number%Mornington Peninsula Shire %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) 202 4.4 5.2 221 5.2 5.8 -19
Primary schoolers (5 to 11) 402 8.7 8.6 377 8.8 8.8 +25
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) 325 7.0 7.1 326 7.7 7.6 -2
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) 260 5.6 7.0 277 6.5 7.4 -17
Young workforce (25 to 34) 319 6.9 8.7 287 6.7 8.5 +32
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) 801 17.3 18.6 871 20.4 20.1 -70
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) 749 16.2 13.4 673 15.8 13.1 +76
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) 803 17.4 14.1 626 14.7 13.4 +176
Seniors (70 to 84) 636 13.8 14.0 505 11.8 12.3 +130
Elderly aged (85 and over) 124 2.7 3.3 100 2.3 2.9 +24
Total4,624100.0100.04,268100.0100.0+356
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers in 2016 compared to Mornington Peninsula Shire 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, 20.1% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 33.8% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 20.9% and 31.4% respectively for Mornington Peninsula Shire.

The major differences between the age structure of Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers and Mornington Peninsula Shire were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (17.4% compared to 14.1%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)' (16.2% compared to 13.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (6.9% compared to 8.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (5.6% compared to 7.0%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers's population increased by 356 people (8.3%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.62% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+176 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+130 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+76 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (-70 people)