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Service age groups

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for the LGA or other primary area only. What's this?

The City of Unley had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Adelaide in 2016.

The Age Structure of the City of Unley provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of the City of Unley'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 City of Unley'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
City of Unley - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idBabies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)1,7614.75.92,0005.46.0-239
map this data in atlas.idPrimary schoolers (5 to 11)2,9837.98.22,7827.68.1+201
map this data in atlas.idSecondary schoolers (12 to 17)2,4756.66.92,3146.37.5+161
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)3,5349.49.53,70610.19.8-172
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)5,10413.513.85,12213.913.4-18
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)7,48019.819.77,70120.920.9-221
map this data in atlas.idOlder workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)4,80212.713.15,01613.613.1-214
map this data in atlas.idEmpty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)4,47511.911.13,6489.910.2+827
map this data in atlas.idSeniors (70 to 84)3,4629.29.33,0358.28.7+427
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)1,6374.32.61,5184.12.4+119

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), Greater Adelaide: 5.9% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Greater Adelaide: 8.2% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Greater Adelaide: 6.9% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Greater Adelaide: 9.5% Young workforce (25 to 34), Greater Adelaide: 13.8% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Greater Adelaide: 19.7% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Greater Adelaide: 13.1% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Greater Adelaide: 11.1% Seniors (70 to 84), Greater Adelaide: 9.3% Elderly aged (85 and over), Greater Adelaide: 2.6% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), City of Unley: 4.7% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), City of Unley: 7.9% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), City of Unley: 6.6% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), City of Unley: 9.4% Young workforce (25 to 34), City of Unley: 13.5% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), City of Unley: 19.8% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), City of Unley: 12.7% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), City of Unley: 11.9% Seniors (70 to 84), City of Unley: 9.2% Elderly aged (85 and over), City of Unley: 4.3%
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), City of Unley: +498 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), City of Unley: +693 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), City of Unley: +577 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), City of Unley: +924 Young workforce (25 to 34), City of Unley: +1,277 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), City of Unley: +1,920 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), City of Unley: +1,250 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), City of Unley: +909 Seniors (70 to 84), City of Unley: +758 Elderly aged (85 and over), City of Unley: +378
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 the City of Unley in 2016 compared to Greater Adelaide shows that there was a lower proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 19.1% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 25.4% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 21.0% and 23.0% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

The major differences between the age structure of the City of Unley and Greater Adelaide were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Frail aged' (4.3% compared to 2.6%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees' (11.9% compared to 11.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Babies and pre-schoolers' (4.7% compared to 5.9%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, City of Unley's population increased by 871 people (2.4%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.47% 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) (+827 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+427 people)
  • Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) (-239 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (-221 people)

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