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Macedon Ranges ShirePopulation forecast

Woodend District

Population and age structure

Between 2016 and 2026, the age structure forecasts for Woodend District indicate a 1.6% increase in population under working age, a 37.1% increase in population of retirement age, and a 3.1% 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 Woodend District 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
Woodend District - Total persons201620262036Change between 2016 and 2036
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
0 to 45026.45246.25796.2+77
5 to 95857.45947.06426.9+58
10 to 145597.15556.55946.4+35
15 to 194856.24585.44765.1-9
20 to 243354.33153.73203.4-14
25 to 292803.62643.12732.9-7
30 to 343364.33684.33974.3+62
35 to 395106.55446.45886.3+78
40 to 446167.86717.97327.9+116
45 to 496368.16898.17397.9+103
50 to 546177.96187.36727.2+55
55 to 595717.35836.86336.8+62
60 to 645416.95706.75896.3+48
65 to 695006.45336.35616.0+61
70 to 743644.64615.45025.4+137
75 to 791912.43594.24044.3+213
80 to 841111.42332.73093.3+199
85 and over1171.51732.02993.2+182
Total persons7,856100.08,513100.09,310100.0+1,454
Source: Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id (informed decisions), November 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the dominant age structure for persons in Woodend District was ages 45 to 49, which accounted for 8.1% of the total persons.

The largest increase in persons between 2016 and 2026 is forecast to be in ages 75 to 79, which is expected to increase by 167 and account for 4.2% of the total persons.

The largest 5 year age group in 2026 is 45 to 49 years, with a total of 689 persons.

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