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City of BallaratPopulation forecast

In 2016, the dominant household type in Rural West was 'Couples without dependents', and by 2026 the largest forecast increase is expected in 'Couples without dependents'.

Analysing the future household structure in City of Ballarat, especially in conjunction with age structure, provides insight to the role the area plays in the housing market. Some areas, usually with separate housing stock, are dominated by families. Others, with more dense housing in inner city locations have significant numbers of lone person households and couples without dependents.

Forecast household types
Rural West201620262036Change between 2016 and 2036
TypeNumber%Number%Number%Number
Couple families with dependents24629.921924.322322.6-23
Couples without dependents29936.437241.240040.5+101
Group households242.9262.9252.5+1
Lone person households19223.423025.528328.7+91
One parent family546.6475.2484.9-6
Other families70.980.980.8+1
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id , the population experts, November 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the dominant household type in Rural West was Couples without dependents, which accounted for 36.4% of all households.

The largest increase between 2016 and 2026 is forecast to be in Couples without dependents, which will increase by 73 households and account for 41.2% of all households.

In contrast Couple families with dependents is forecast to decrease by 27 households, to comprise 24.3% of all households in 2026, compared to 29.9% in 2016.

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