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Shire of Murray

Service age groups

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Shire of Murray had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Perth in 2016.

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.

Q:

Derived from the Census question:

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

Age structure - Service age groups
Shire of Murray - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)9275.56.58716.26.6+56
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)1,5489.39.01,3219.38.7+227
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)1,2917.77.21,1848.47.9+107
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)1,2117.29.49486.710.2+263
Young workforce (25 to 34)1,6179.715.81,3279.414.7+290
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)3,04418.220.92,75419.521.6+290
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)2,29513.712.21,96813.912.4+327
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)2,40114.49.71,99614.19.2+405
Seniors (70 to 84)2,07412.47.51,60411.37.0+470
Elderly aged (85 and over)2981.81.81761.21.6+122
Total16,706100.0100.014,149100.0100.0+2,557
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 Shire of Murray in 2016 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a similar 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, 22.5% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 28.6% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 22.7% and 19.0% respectively for Greater Perth.

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

  • A larger percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (12.4% compared to 7.5%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (14.4% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (9.7% compared to 15.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (18.2% compared to 20.9%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Shire of Murray's population increased by 2,557 people (18.1%). This represents an average annual population change of 3.38% 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) (+470 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+405 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+327 people)
  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+290 people)

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