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City of Whittlesea

Five year age groups

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There were 2,363 people over the age of 85 living in the City of Whittlesea in 2016, with largest age group being 30 to 34 year olds.

The Age Structure of the City of Whittlesea provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is also an indicator of the City of Whittlesea's residential role and function and how it is likely to change in the future.

Five year age groups present a classic age profile of the population. Each age group covers exactly five years, which enables direct comparison between each group.

To get a more complete picture the City of Whittlesea'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 - Five year age groups
City of Whittlesea - Total persons (Enumerated)20161996Change
Five year age groups (years)Number%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %1996 to 2016
0 to 416,1278.26.48,2688.16.9+7,859
5 to 913,9307.16.28,3148.26.9+5,616
10 to 1412,0926.25.78,0767.96.7+4,016
15 to 1911,6015.96.17,9707.87.0+3,630
20 to 2413,4906.97.58,7678.68.1+4,722
25 to 2915,6618.08.19,1529.08.4+6,508
30 to 3417,8819.18.28,9078.88.3+8,973
35 to 3915,4877.97.38,4448.38.1+7,042
40 to 4413,8407.07.07,6727.57.4+6,167
45 to 4912,7596.56.97,1857.17.1+5,573
50 to 5411,5825.96.35,2615.25.5+6,320
55 to 5910,3375.35.74,1594.14.4+6,178
60 to 649,0034.64.93,4343.43.7+5,569
65 to 697,7613.94.32,5432.53.5+5,217
70 to 745,4852.83.21,7421.73.1+3,743
75 to 794,1222.12.59090.92.2+3,212
80 to 843,0671.61.85990.61.5+2,467
85 and over2,3631.22.03400.31.2+2,022
Total population196,588100.0100.0101,752100.0100.0+94,835
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 1996 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

Analysis of the five year age groups of the City of Whittlesea in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (under 15) and a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (65+).

Overall, 21.4% of the population was aged between 0 and 15, and 11.6% were aged 65 years and over, compared with 18.3% and 13.8% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The major differences between the age structure of the City of Whittlesea and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage of persons aged 0 to 4 (8.2% compared to 6.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 30 to 34 (9.1% compared to 8.2%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 5 to 9 (7.1% compared to 6.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 85 and over (1.2% compared to 2.0%)

Emerging groups

From 1996 to 2016, City of Whittlesea's population increased by 94,836 people (93.2%). This represents an average annual population change of 3.35% per year over the period.

The largest changes in age structure in this area between 1996 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • 30 to 34 (+8,973 persons)
  • 0 to 4 (+7,859 persons)
  • 35 to 39 (+7,042 persons)
  • 25 to 29 (+6,508 persons)