Service age groups
Smithfield Plains had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than 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.
Derived from the Census question:
'What is the person's date of birth or age?'
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Analysis of the service age groups of Smithfield Plains in 2016 compared to 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 City of Playford.
The major differences between the age structure of Smithfield Plains and City of Playford were:
- A larger percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (17.8% compared to 15.3%)
- A larger percentage of 'Primary schoolers (5 to 11)' (12.3% compared to 10.6%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)' (10.0% compared to 12.3%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (4.7% compared to 6.9%)
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)