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Inner West CouncilPopulation forecast

Inner West Council

Population, households and dwellings

The number of dwellings in Inner West Council is forecast to grow from 80,885 in 2016 to 108,542 in 2041, with the average household size falling from 2.41 to 2.33 by 2041.

This summary shows the results of the forecasts for population, households and dwellings in the Inner West Council. The period 2016 to 2031, 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
Change in population (5yrs)--12,50817,5079,5449,1517,987
Average annual change--1.28%1.66%0.85%0.78%0.66%
Average household size2.412.422.402.372.352.33
Population in non private dwellings5,7456,3897,0297,6698,3098,949
Dwelling occupancy rate95.1195.3895.1794.9094.6294.36
Source: Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2041, prepared by .id (informed decisions), December 2020.

Key findings

In 2016, the total population of Inner West Council was estimated to be 191,185 people. It is expected to increase by over 39,558 people to 230,743 by 2031, at an average annual growth rate of 1.26%. This is based on an increase of over 17,013 households during the period, with the average number of persons per household falling from 2.41 to 2.37 by 2031.

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