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City of West Torrens

Service age groups

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The City of West Torrens had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a similar proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Adelaide in 2016.

The Age Structure of the City of West Torrens 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 West Torrens'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 West Torrens's Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Household Types and Dwelling Types.

Q:

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's date of birth or age?'

Age structure - Service age groups
City of West Torrens - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) 3,123 5.4 5.9 2,992 5.4 6.0 +131
Primary schoolers (5 to 11) 3,924 6.8 8.2 3,490 6.4 8.1 +434
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) 3,139 5.4 6.9 3,253 5.9 7.5 -114
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) 6,155 10.6 9.5 6,109 11.1 9.8 +46
Young workforce (25 to 34) 10,093 17.4 13.8 9,123 16.6 13.4 +970
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) 11,485 19.8 19.7 11,339 20.6 20.9 +146
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) 6,812 11.8 13.1 6,162 11.2 13.1 +650
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) 5,304 9.2 11.1 4,786 8.7 10.2 +518
Seniors (70 to 84) 5,721 9.9 9.3 5,830 10.6 8.7 -109
Elderly aged (85 and over) 2,148 3.7 2.6 1,877 3.4 2.4 +271
Total57,904100.0100.054,961100.0100.0+2,943
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 City of West Torrens 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 similar proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 17.6% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 22.7% 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 West Torrens and Greater Adelaide were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (17.4% compared to 13.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (9.2% compared to 11.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)' (5.4% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Primary schoolers (5 to 11)' (6.8% compared to 8.2%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, City of West Torrens's population increased by 2,943 people (5.4%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.05% 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) (+970 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+650 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+518 people)
  • Primary schoolers (5 to 11) (+434 people)