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Limestone Coast region

Service age groups

The Limestone Coast region had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than Regional SA in 2011.

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.

To get a more complete picture the Limestone Coast region'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 last birthday)?'

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
Limestone Coast region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Service age group (years)Number%Regional SA %Number%Regional SA %2006 to 2011
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)4,1916.66.14,0896.66.0+102
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)5,9879.58.96,27410.19.7-287
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)5,2728.48.15,4878.88.5-215
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)4,6567.47.14,8687.87.0-212
Young workforce (25 to 34)7,17911.410.37,34311.810.7-164
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)13,01420.619.914,12522.721.7-1,111
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)8,83414.014.48,28713.314.1+547
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)6,99211.112.85,5598.910.8+1,433
Seniors (70 to 84)5,6609.010.35,1438.39.6+517
Elderly aged (85 and over)1,2932.02.31,0411.71.9+252

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Age structure - service age groups, 2011
Age structure - service age groups, 2011 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Regional SA: 6.1% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Regional SA: 8.9% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Regional SA: 8.1% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Regional SA: 7.1% Young workforce (25 to 34), Regional SA: 10.3% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Regional SA: 19.9% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Regional SA: 14.4% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Regional SA: 12.8% Seniors (70 to 84), Regional SA: 10.3% Elderly aged (85 and over), Regional SA: 2.3% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Limestone Coast region: 6.6% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Limestone Coast region: 9.5% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Limestone Coast region: 8.4% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Limestone Coast region: 7.4% Young workforce (25 to 34), Limestone Coast region: 11.4% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Limestone Coast region: 20.6% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Limestone Coast region: 14.0% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Limestone Coast region: 11.1% Seniors (70 to 84), Limestone Coast region: 9.0% Elderly aged (85 and over), Limestone Coast region: 2.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2006 to 2011
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2006 to 2011 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Limestone Coast region: +102 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Limestone Coast region: -287 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Limestone Coast region: -215 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Limestone Coast region: -212 Young workforce (25 to 34), Limestone Coast region: -164 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Limestone Coast region: -1,111 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Limestone Coast region: +547 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Limestone Coast region: +1,433 Seniors (70 to 84), Limestone Coast region: +517 Elderly aged (85 and over), Limestone Coast region: +252
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of the Limestone Coast region in 2011 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, 24.5% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 22.1% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 23.0% and 25.4% respectively for Regional SA.

The major differences between the age structure of the Limestone Coast region and Regional SA were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Young workforce' (11.4% compared to 10.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees' (11.1% compared to 12.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Seniors' (9.0% compared to 10.3%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Limestone Coast region's population increased by 862 people (1.4%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.28% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2006 and 2011 were in the age groups:

  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+1,433 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (-1,111 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+547 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+517 people)

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