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Hilltops Council areaPopulation forecast

Hilltops Council area

Population, households and dwellings

The number of dwellings in the Hilltops Council area is forecast to grow from 8,999 in 2016 to 9,976 in 2036, with the average household size falling from 2.35 to 2.25 by 2036.

This summary shows the results of the forecasts for population, households and dwellings in the Hilltops Council area. 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
Hilltops Council areaForecast year
Summary20162021202620312036
Population18,84118,93819,17419,51419,922
Change in population (5yrs)--97236340408
Average annual change--0.10%0.25%0.35%0.41%
Households7,8918,0818,2878,5008,718
Average household size2.352.312.282.262.25
Population in non private dwellings268272280318318
Dwellings8,9999,2329,4769,7269,976
Dwelling occupancy rate87.6987.5387.4587.3987.39
Source: Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id (informed decisions), December 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the total population of the Hilltops Council area was estimated to be 18,841 people. It is expected to increase by over 673 people to 19,514 by 2026, at an average annual growth rate of 0.35%. This is based on an increase of over 609 households during the period, with the average number of persons per household falling from 2.35 to 2.26 by 2026.

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