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Service age groups

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

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 an indicator of the City of Whittlesea'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 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?'

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
City of Whittlesea - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idBabies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)16,1498.26.411,5267.46.5+4,623
map this data in atlas.idPrimary schoolers (5 to 11)18,9739.68.514,6749.58.4+4,299
map this data in atlas.idSecondary schoolers (12 to 17)13,8197.06.712,2037.97.3+1,616
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)18,3739.310.015,2279.810.1+3,146
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)33,69617.116.325,17016.315.4+8,526
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)42,22921.421.134,14422.022.0+8,085
map this data in atlas.idOlder workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)21,95811.111.917,93111.612.1+4,027
map this data in atlas.idEmpty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)17,0268.69.312,7818.39.0+4,245
map this data in atlas.idSeniors (70 to 84)12,9126.57.79,6596.27.4+3,253
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)2,3541.22.01,5621.01.8+792

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 Melbourne: 6.4% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Greater Melbourne: 8.5% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Greater Melbourne: 6.7% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Greater Melbourne: 10.0% Young workforce (25 to 34), Greater Melbourne: 16.3% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Greater Melbourne: 21.1% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Greater Melbourne: 11.9% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Greater Melbourne: 9.3% Seniors (70 to 84), Greater Melbourne: 7.7% Elderly aged (85 and over), Greater Melbourne: 2.0% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), City of Whittlesea: 8.2% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), City of Whittlesea: 9.6% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), City of Whittlesea: 7.0% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), City of Whittlesea: 9.3% Young workforce (25 to 34), City of Whittlesea: 17.1% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), City of Whittlesea: 21.4% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), City of Whittlesea: 11.1% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), City of Whittlesea: 8.6% Seniors (70 to 84), City of Whittlesea: 6.5% Elderly aged (85 and over), City of Whittlesea: 1.2%
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 Whittlesea: +4,623 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), City of Whittlesea: +4,299 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), City of Whittlesea: +1,616 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), City of Whittlesea: +3,146 Young workforce (25 to 34), City of Whittlesea: +8,526 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), City of Whittlesea: +8,085 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), City of Whittlesea: +4,027 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), City of Whittlesea: +4,245 Seniors (70 to 84), City of Whittlesea: +3,253 Elderly aged (85 and over), City of Whittlesea: +792
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 Whittlesea in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne 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, 24.8% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 16.4% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 21.7% and 19.0% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

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

  • A larger percentage of 'Babies and pre-schoolers' (8.2% compared to 6.4%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Primary schoolers' (9.6% compared to 8.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Seniors' (6.5% compared to 7.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Older workers & pre-retirees' (11.1% compared to 11.9%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, City of Whittlesea's population increased by 42,612 people (27.5%). This represents an average annual population change of 4.98% 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) (+8,526 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+8,085 people)
  • Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) (+4,623 people)
  • Primary schoolers (5 to 11) (+4,299 people)

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