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Shire of Murray

Service age groups

Shire of Murray had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Perth in 2011.

The Age Structure of Shire of Murray provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Shire of Murray'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 Shire of Murray'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
Shire of Murray - 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)8716.26.66325.36.1+239
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)1,3219.38.71,1769.89.1+145
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)1,1848.47.91,0188.58.6+166
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)9486.710.26835.710.3+265
Young workforce (25 to 34)1,3279.414.71,0999.213.4+228
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)2,75419.521.62,49520.822.4+259
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)1,96813.912.41,89715.813.1+71
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)1,99614.19.21,66913.98.2+327
Seniors (70 to 84)1,60411.37.01,1919.97.3+413
Elderly aged (85 and over)1761.21.61130.91.5+63

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), Shire of Murray: 6.2% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Shire of Murray: 9.3% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Shire of Murray: 8.4% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Shire of Murray: 6.7% Young workforce (25 to 34), Shire of Murray: 9.4% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Shire of Murray: 19.5% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Shire of Murray: 13.9% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Shire of Murray: 14.1% Seniors (70 to 84), Shire of Murray: 11.3% Elderly aged (85 and over), Shire of Murray: 1.2%
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), Shire of Murray: +239 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Shire of Murray: +145 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Shire of Murray: +166 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Shire of Murray: +265 Young workforce (25 to 34), Shire of Murray: +228 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Shire of Murray: +259 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Shire of Murray: +71 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Shire of Murray: +327 Seniors (70 to 84), Shire of Murray: +413 Elderly aged (85 and over), Shire of Murray: +63
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 Shire of Murray in 2011 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) as well as a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 23.9% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 26.7% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 23.3% and 17.8% respectively for Greater Perth.

The major differences between the age structure of Shire of Murray and Greater Perth were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees' (14.1% compared to 9.2%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Seniors' (11.3% compared to 7.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce' (9.4% compared to 14.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Tertiary education & independence' (6.7% compared to 10.2%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Shire of Murray's population increased by 2,176 people (18.2%). This represents an average annual population change of 3.4% per year over the period.

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

  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+413 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+327 people)
  • Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) (+265 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+259 people)

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