The Limestone Coast region had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than Regional SA in 2016.
The Age Structure of the Limestone Coast region provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of the Limestone Coast region'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?'
|Age structure - Service age groups|
|Limestone Coast region - Total persons (Usual residence)||2016||2011||Change|
|Service age group (years)||Number||%||Regional SA %||Number||%||Regional SA %||2011 to 2016|
|Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)||3,778||5.8||5.5||4,191||6.6||6.1||-413|
|Primary schoolers (5 to 11)||6,015||9.3||8.6||5,987||9.5||8.9||+28|
|Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)||4,894||7.6||7.2||5,272||8.4||8.1||-378|
|Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)||4,756||7.3||6.8||4,656||7.4||7.1||+100|
|Young workforce (25 to 34)||7,037||10.9||10.4||7,179||11.4||10.3||-142|
|Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)||12,353||19.1||17.8||13,014||20.6||19.9||-661|
|Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)||9,172||14.2||14.6||8,834||14.0||14.4||+338|
|Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)||8,434||13.0||14.4||6,992||11.1||12.8||+1,442|
|Seniors (70 to 84)||6,674||10.3||12.1||5,660||9.0||10.3||+1,014|
|Elderly aged (85 and over)||1,663||2.6||2.7||1,293||2.0||2.3||+370|
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Analysis of the service age groups of the Limestone Coast region in 2016 compared to Regional SA 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, 22.7% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 25.9% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 21.3% and 29.2% respectively for Regional SA.
The major differences between the age structure of the Limestone Coast region and Regional SA were:
- A larger percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (19.1% compared to 17.8%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (10.3% compared to 12.1%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (13.0% compared to 14.4%)
From 2011 to 2016, Limestone Coast region's population increased by 1,698 people (2.7%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.53% 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) (+1,442 people)
- Seniors (70 to 84) (+1,014 people)
- Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (-661 people)
- Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) (-413 people)