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Perth Metropolitan Area

Service age groups

The Perth Metropolitan Area had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a similar proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Perth in 2011.

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

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's date of birth (or age last birthday)?'

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
Perth Metropolitan Area - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)114,9296.66.692,9666.16.1+21,962
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)150,1948.78.7137,8949.19.1+12,300
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)136,6697.97.9130,3008.68.6+6,369
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)176,69110.210.2155,51110.310.3+21,180
Young workforce (25 to 34)253,80814.714.7203,03013.413.4+50,778
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)372,99921.621.6338,17022.422.4+34,828
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)214,29012.412.4197,37413.113.1+16,915
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)158,6809.29.2124,3308.28.2+34,349
Seniors (70 to 84)121,8077.07.0109,8177.37.3+11,990
Elderly aged (85 and over)28,2951.61.622,3781.51.5+5,916

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Age structure - service age groups, 2011
Age structure - service age groups, 2011 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Greater Perth: 6.6% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Greater Perth: 8.7% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Greater Perth: 7.9% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Greater Perth: 10.2% Young workforce (25 to 34), Greater Perth: 14.7% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Greater Perth: 21.6% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Greater Perth: 12.4% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Greater Perth: 9.2% Seniors (70 to 84), Greater Perth: 7.0% Elderly aged (85 and over), Greater Perth: 1.6% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Perth Metropolitan Area: 6.6% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Perth Metropolitan Area: 8.7% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Perth Metropolitan Area: 7.9% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Perth Metropolitan Area: 10.2% Young workforce (25 to 34), Perth Metropolitan Area: 14.7% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Perth Metropolitan Area: 21.6% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Perth Metropolitan Area: 12.4% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Perth Metropolitan Area: 9.2% Seniors (70 to 84), Perth Metropolitan Area: 7.0% Elderly aged (85 and over), Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2006 to 2011
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2006 to 2011 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Perth Metropolitan Area: +21,962 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Perth Metropolitan Area: +12,300 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Perth Metropolitan Area: +6,369 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Perth Metropolitan Area: +21,180 Young workforce (25 to 34), Perth Metropolitan Area: +50,778 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Perth Metropolitan Area: +34,828 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Perth Metropolitan Area: +16,915 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Perth Metropolitan Area: +34,349 Seniors (70 to 84), Perth Metropolitan Area: +11,990 Elderly aged (85 and over), Perth Metropolitan Area: +5,916
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of the Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a similar proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) as well as a similar proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 23.2% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 17.9% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 23.3% and 17.8% respectively for Greater Perth.

There were no major differences between Perth Metropolitan Area and Greater Perth in 2011.

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Perth Metropolitan Area's population increased by 216,587 people (14.3%). This represents an average annual population change of 2.71% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2006 and 2011 were in the age groups:

  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+50,778 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+34,828 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+34,349 people)
  • Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) (+21,962 people)

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