District Council of Mount Barker
Service age groups
The District Council of Mount Barker had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Adelaide in 2016.
The Age Structure of the District Council of Mount Barker provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of the District Council of Mount Barker'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 the District Council of Mount Barker in 2016 compared to Greater Adelaide 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, 24.4% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 21.4% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 21.0% and 23.0% respectively for Greater Adelaide.
The major differences between the age structure of the District Council of Mount Barker and Greater Adelaide were:
- A larger percentage of 'Primary schoolers (5 to 11)' (9.7% compared to 8.2%)
- A larger percentage of 'Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)' (8.2% compared to 6.9%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (11.5% compared to 13.8%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (8.1% compared to 9.3%)
From 2011 to 2016, District Council of Mount Barker's population increased by 3,635 people (12.2%). This represents an average annual population change of 2.33% 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) (+840 people)
- Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+761 people)
- Young workforce (25 to 34) (+615 people)
- Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+474 people)