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Inner West CouncilPopulation forecast

Inner West Council

Population and age structure

Between 2016 and 2026, the age structure forecasts for the Inner West Council indicate a 11.1% increase in population under working age, a 29.0% increase in population of retirement age, and a 10.7% increase in population of working age.

Knowledge of how the age structure of the population is changing is essential for planning age-based facilities and services, such as child care, recreation and aged care.

The forecast age groups of the Inner West Council is a function of the current age of the population (people aging each year, being born and dying) as well as the age of people migrating into and out of the area. This in turn is driven by location (fringe, city centre, regional or rural) the existing housing stock (separate dwellings, medium or high density), the amount and type of new residential development (same as existing stock, or diversifying) and where the area is in a cycle of change. We call this the area’s residential role and function. You can learn more about this in the section household and suburb life cycles.

Forecast age structure - 5 year age groups
Inner West Council - Total persons201620262036Change between 2016 and 2036
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
0 to 411,6396.114,1896.514,6176.3+2,978
5 to 910,1785.310,5884.911,0264.8+848
10 to 147,8004.18,1223.79,0243.9+1,224
15 to 197,1893.710,1154.710,8914.7+3,702
20 to 2414,0327.315,4937.115,8486.9+1,816
25 to 2920,13910.520,2549.321,0649.1+925
30 to 3419,68710.321,4049.921,8099.5+2,122
35 to 3916,9908.820,1099.320,1628.7+3,172
40 to 4415,9598.317,4718.118,0607.8+2,101
45 to 4913,7817.214,6166.716,0246.9+2,243
50 to 5412,2336.413,2996.114,1976.2+1,964
55 to 5910,4265.411,5595.312,1345.3+1,708
60 to 648,9454.710,0054.610,7554.7+1,810
65 to 697,4923.98,4143.99,2774.0+1,785
70 to 745,3632.87,1613.38,0873.5+2,725
75 to 793,9632.15,8352.76,8022.9+2,839
80 to 843,0611.63,9641.85,2242.3+2,163
85 and over3,1451.64,3192.05,6642.5+2,519
Total persons192,021100.0216,917100.0230,667100.0+38,646
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id , the population experts, November 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the dominant age structure for persons in the Inner West Council was ages 25 to 29, which accounted for 10.5% of the total persons.

The largest increase in persons between 2016 and 2026 is forecast to be in ages 35 to 39, which is expected to increase by 3,119 and account for 9.3% of the total persons.

The largest 5 year age group in 2026 is 30 to 34 years, with a total of 21,404 persons.

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