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Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale

Service age groups

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The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Perth in 2016.

The Age Structure of the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale 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 Serpentine Jarrahdale'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 Serpentine Jarrahdale'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?'

Age structure - Service age groups
Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)2,3258.76.51,3477.66.6+978
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)2,95411.09.01,95711.08.7+997
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)2,1668.17.21,6609.47.9+506
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)2,4399.19.41,6229.110.2+817
Young workforce (25 to 34)4,46016.615.82,06211.614.7+2,398
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)5,64421.020.94,27724.121.6+1,367
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)3,24812.112.22,22412.512.4+1,024
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)2,1307.99.71,6289.29.2+502
Seniors (70 to 84)1,2704.77.58484.87.0+422
Elderly aged (85 and over)1890.71.81210.71.6+68
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 Serpentine Jarrahdale in 2016 compared to Greater Perth 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, 27.8% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 13.4% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 22.7% and 19.0% respectively for Greater Perth.

The major differences between the age structure of the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and Greater Perth were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)' (8.7% compared to 6.5%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Primary schoolers (5 to 11)' (11.0% compared to 9.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (4.7% compared to 7.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (7.9% compared to 9.7%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale's population increased by 9,079 people (51.2%). This represents an average annual population change of 8.61% 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) (+2,398 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+1,367 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+1,024 people)
  • Primary schoolers (5 to 11) (+997 people)

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