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Bega Valley ShirePopulation forecast

Rural West

Population, households and dwellings

The number of dwellings in Rural West is forecast to grow from 1,465 in 2016 to 1,616 in 2036, with the average household size falling from 2.44 to 2.17 by 2036.

This summary shows the results of the forecasts for population, households and dwellings in Rural West. The period 2016 to 2026, as the short to medium term, is likely to be the most accurate and useful forecast information for immediate planning purposes.

It is important to look at the relationship between population and average household size. If the average household size is falling, then there will need to be growth in the number of households (and dwellings for them to live in) to maintain or grow the population.

Forecast population, households and dwellings
Rural WestForecast year
Summary20162021202620312036
Population2,8212,7972,7852,7572,754
Change in population (5yrs)---25-12-28-3
Average annual change---0.17%-0.09%-0.20%-0.02%
Households1,1551,1821,2141,2411,268
Average household size2.442.372.292.222.17
Population in non private dwellings00000
Dwellings1,4651,5001,5361,5761,616
Dwelling occupancy rate78.8478.8079.0478.7478.47
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id , the population experts, December 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the total population of Rural West was estimated to be 2,821 people. It is expected to decrease by over 64 people to 2,757 by 2026, at an average annual growth rate of -0.23%. This is based on an increase of over 86 households during the period, with the average number of persons per household falling from 2.44 to 2.22 by 2026.

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