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Ageing Population

The median age of Shire residents has increased for 33 in 1991 to 39 in 2011 (ABS) with significant increases in residents over the age of 50.  Shire of Northam seniors account for higher percentages of the population than the same age cohorts do for the State and for the Nation. 

Lowering birth rates leading to an ageing population is a national trend however this trend is more pronounced in the Shire of Northam.  4.6% of the population in the Northam Shire is aged over 50 years, compared to 3.8% for WA and 3.9% for Australia as a whole (ABS 2011).

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