City of Merri-bek

Resident workers - Individual income quartiles

In the City of Merri-bek, the 'highest group' quartile is the largest group, comprising 30% of the resident workers.

Individual Income is an indicator of socio-economic status, skills and occupations required in a particular industry. With other data sources, such as Qualifications and Occupation, it helps to evaluate the economic opportunities of people in an industry.

Income quartiles are used to condense income categories into manageable units, adjust for the effects of inflation, and allow areas to be compared over time relative to a benchmark. The incomes for the state are split into four equal groups, each containing 25% of the local labour force, and the quartiles allow users to compare changes in the local area to changes statewide, or against another benchmark. For more information on how quartiles are calculated please refer to the data notes.

As well as being related to the type of jobs and qualifications required in a particular industry, income levels can be related to the level of part-time employment, Occupations, Qualification and the Age structure of the local resident workers, so the data should be looked at in conjunction with these topics.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence

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Resident workers individual income quartiles
City of Merri-bek - Persons20212016Change
Quartile groupNumber%. VictoriaNumber%. Victoria2016 - 2021
Lowest group19,84021.525.017,96322.725.0+1,877
Medium lowest20,65822.425.018,49923.425.0+2,158
Medium highest24,44026.525.020,96526.525.0+3,476
Highest group27,32229.625.021,72427.425.0+5,598
Total Persons92,260100.0100.079,151100.0100.0+13,109

Source: Derived from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented .id (informed decisions).

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Quartile group dollar ranges (Individuals)
Quartile group dollar ranges (Individuals) Weekly income by Census year
Individual quartile ranges20212016
Lowest group$0 to $606$0 to $534
Medium lowest$607 to $983$535 to $876
Medium highest$984 to $1,525$877 to $1,344
Highest group$1,526 and over$1,345 and over
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Dominant groups

Income quartiles allow us to compare relative income-earning capabilities across time. Analysis of the distribution of the resident workers by income quartile in the City of Merri-bek compared to Victoria shows that there was greater proportion of persons in the highest income quartile, and a lesser proportion in the lowest income quartile.

Emerging groups

The most significant change for the resident workers in the City of Merri-bek between 2016 and 2021 was in the highest group quartile which showed an increase of 5,598 resident.

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