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Service age groups

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Smithfield Plains had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than the City of Playford in 2016.

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

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
Smithfield Plains - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%City of Playford %Number%City of Playford %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idBabies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)28810.08.623210.18.4+56
map this data in atlas.idPrimary schoolers (5 to 11)35512.310.626611.510.2+89
map this data in atlas.idSecondary schoolers (12 to 17)2518.77.82149.39.0+37
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)33111.410.528112.210.8+50
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)51617.815.336916.013.9+147
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)48816.918.238816.820.2+100
map this data in atlas.idOlder workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)28910.012.32299.911.3+61
map this data in atlas.idEmpty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)2247.88.41888.27.7+36
map this data in atlas.idSeniors (70 to 84)1344.76.91315.77.2+3
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)130.41.560.31.2+7

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Age structure - service age groups, 2016
Age structure - service age groups, 2016 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), City of Playford: 8.6% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), City of Playford: 10.6% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), City of Playford: 7.8% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), City of Playford: 10.5% Young workforce (25 to 34), City of Playford: 15.3% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), City of Playford: 18.2% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), City of Playford: 12.3% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), City of Playford: 8.4% Seniors (70 to 84), City of Playford: 6.9% Elderly aged (85 and over), City of Playford: 1.5% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Smithfield Plains: 10.0% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Smithfield Plains: 12.3% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Smithfield Plains: 8.7% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Smithfield Plains: 11.4% Young workforce (25 to 34), Smithfield Plains: 17.8% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Smithfield Plains: 16.9% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Smithfield Plains: 10.0% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Smithfield Plains: 7.8% Seniors (70 to 84), Smithfield Plains: 4.7% Elderly aged (85 and over), Smithfield Plains: 0.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2011 to 2016
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2011 to 2016 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Smithfield Plains: +56 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Smithfield Plains: +89 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Smithfield Plains: +37 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Smithfield Plains: +50 Young workforce (25 to 34), Smithfield Plains: +147 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Smithfield Plains: +100 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Smithfield Plains: +61 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Smithfield Plains: +36 Seniors (70 to 84), Smithfield Plains: +3 Elderly aged (85 and over), Smithfield Plains: +7
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of Smithfield Plains in 2016 compared to the City of Playford 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, 30.9% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 12.9% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 26.9% and 16.8% respectively for the City of Playford.

The major differences between the age structure of Smithfield Plains and the City of Playford were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Young workforce' (17.8% compared to 15.3%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Primary schoolers' (12.3% compared to 10.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Older workers & pre-retirees' (10.0% compared to 12.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Seniors' (4.7% compared to 6.9%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Smithfield Plains's population increased by 586 people (25.4%). This represents an average annual population change of 4.63% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+147 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+100 people)
  • Primary schoolers (5 to 11) (+89 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+61 people)

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