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Rural Balance

Five year age groups

This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

There were 30 people over the age of 85 living in Rural Balance in 2016, with largest age group being 55 to 59 year olds.

The Age Structure of Rural Balance provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is also an indicator of Rural Balance'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 Rural Balance'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?'

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

Overall, 19.0% of the population was aged between 0 and 15, and 16.7% were aged 65 years and over, compared with 21.4% and 11.7% respectively for City of Whittlesea.

The major differences between the age structure of Rural Balance and City of Whittlesea were:

  • A larger percentage of persons aged 55 to 59 (7.8% compared to 5.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 30 to 34 (4.8% compared to 9.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 0 to 4 (5.3% compared to 8.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 35 to 39 (5.1% compared to 7.9%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Rural Balance's population increased by 237 people (7.5%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.46% per year over the period.

The largest changes in age structure in this area between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • 25 to 29 (+84 persons)
  • 70 to 74 (+65 persons)

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