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Shire of Plantagenet

Service age groups

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The Shire of Plantagenet had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Regional WA in 2016.

The Age Structure of the Shire of Plantagenet provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of the Shire of Plantagenet'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 Shire of Plantagenet'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?'

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 the Shire of Plantagenet in 2016 compared to Regional WA shows that there was a lower 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, 21.0% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 28.8% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 23.9% and 20.6% respectively for Regional WA.

The major differences between the age structure of the Shire of Plantagenet and Regional WA were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (15.9% compared to 11.3%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (11.0% compared to 7.8%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)' (16.0% compared to 14.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (8.1% compared to 13.6%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Shire of Plantagenet's population increased by 190 people (3.9%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.77% 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) (+156 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+129 people)
  • Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) (-70 people)
  • Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) (-64 people)

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