Service age groups
Southern District had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than City of Onkaparinga in 2016.
The Age Structure of Southern District provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Southern District'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 Southern District in 2016 compared to City of Onkaparinga 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, 26.9% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 20.3% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 22.5% and 23.6% respectively for City of Onkaparinga.
The major differences between the age structure of Southern District and City of Onkaparinga were:
- A larger percentage of 'Primary schoolers (5 to 11)' (10.9% compared to 8.9%)
- A larger percentage of 'Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)' (7.9% compared to 6.2%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (11.0% compared to 12.4%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (7.8% compared to 9.1%)
From 2011 to 2016, Southern District's population increased by 1,229 people (8.7%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.68% per year over the period.
The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:
- Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+416 people)
- Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+320 people)
- Seniors (70 to 84) (+318 people)
- Primary schoolers (5 to 11) (+188 people)