Somerville had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than Mornington Peninsula Shire in 2016.
The Age Structure of Somerville provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Somerville'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 Somerville in 2016 compared to Mornington Peninsula Shire shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).
Overall, 22.5% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 22.2% 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 Somerville and Mornington Peninsula Shire were:
- A larger percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (12.4% compared to 8.7%)
- A larger percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (9.5% compared to 7.0%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (8.4% compared to 14.0%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (11.5% compared to 14.1%)
From 2011 to 2016, Somerville's population increased by 315 people (2.9%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.57% per year over the period.
The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:
- Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (-300 people)
- Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+270 people)
- Young workforce (25 to 34) (+191 people)
- Seniors (70 to 84) (+176 people)