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Inner West CouncilPopulation forecast

Inner West Council

Population, households and dwellings

The number of dwellings in the Inner West Council is forecast to grow from 81,142 in 2016 to 95,015 in 2031, with the average household size falling from 2.38 to 2.36 by 2031.

This summary shows the results of the forecasts for population, households and dwellings in the Inner West Council. 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
Inner West CouncilForecast year
Summary20162021202620312036
Population192,021205,349216,917223,672230,667
Change in population (5yrs)--13,32811,5686,7546,995
Average annual change--1.35%1.10%0.62%0.62%
Households78,68383,83488,61891,67294,747
Average household size2.382.382.372.362.35
Population in non private dwellings4,9205,9656,6817,2327,865
Dwellings81,14286,63391,74495,01598,199
Dwelling occupancy rate96.9796.7796.5996.4896.48
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id , the population experts, October 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the total population of the Inner West Council was estimated to be 192,021 people. It is expected to increase by over 31,651 people to 223,672 by 2026, at an average annual growth rate of 1.54%. This is based on an increase of over 12,989 households during the period, with the average number of persons per household falling from 2.38 to 2.36 by 2026.

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