City of Merri-bek

Market characteristics

The City of Merri-bek has a higher proportion of households in the medium to high income category compared to Victoria.

The people who live in an area are one of the most important resources that an economy draws upon, both as a market that consumes goods and services and as a source of labour.

This table provides an overview of the City of Merri-bek's population demographics, and how their characteristics compare to those of the broader region.

More detailed information about the City of Merri-bek's resident population, including neighbourhood profiles, can be found in the Community Profile.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

Current benchmark:
Market characteristics
City of Merri-bek20162011Change
NameNumber%. VictoriaNumber%. Victoria2016 - 2011
Population summary--------------
Total residents162,558100.0100.0147,244100.0100.0+15,314
Age structure--------------
0 - 14 years26,09716.118.223,85516.218.7+2,242
15 - 24 years19,99312.313.018,98512.913.5+1,008
25 - 54 years80,30649.441.870,10947.642.3+10,197
55 - 64 Years13,8488.511.412,2468.311.4+1,602
65 years and over22,32713.715.622,04915.014.2+278
Education institute attending--------------
Primary school10,5606.57.99,0006.17.7+1,560
Secondary school7,1894.46.16,7214.66.5+468
Total overseas born55,13533.928.349,70033.826.2+5,435
Speaks language other than English at home61,87738.125.958,00239.423.0+3,875
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all10,3366.44.510,6957.34.0-359
Bachelor or higher degree45,88233.624.333,72827.320.8+12,154
Advanced Diploma or Diploma11,4308.49.29,7177.98.4+1,713
Certificate level16,31312.016.914,59811.816.4+1,715
No qualification50,34036.939.651,64841.943.9-1,308
Household income--------------
Nill to $64911,11318.018.3--------
$650 to $1,49916,62127.029.0--------
$1,500 to $2,44914,17823.022.2--------
$2,500 or more 13,59022.120.2--------
Housing tenure--------------
Dwelling structure--------------
Separate house38,70954.872.140,07463.375.8-1,365
Medium house24,82435.119.419,53230.918.1+5,292
High density6,4729.27.43,3025.25.3+3,170

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions). Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics,

City of Merri-bek

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