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City of MaribyrnongPopulation forecast


Population and age structure

Between 2016 and 2026, the age structure forecasts for Footscray indicate a 76.6% increase in population under working age, a 105.6% increase in population of retirement age, and a 85.4% 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 Footscray 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
Footscray - Total persons201620262041Change between 2016 and 2041
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
0 to 41,0055.71,9445.92,8245.8+1,819
5 to 95863.39062.81,4262.9+840
10 to 143712.16141.99251.9+554
15 to 197214.11,6785.12,2214.5+1,500
20 to 242,15312.34,40013.55,78311.8+3,630
25 to 292,89416.55,44416.77,32814.9+4,434
30 to 342,34413.44,51413.86,30812.9+3,964
35 to 391,6119.22,9669.14,3929.0+2,781
40 to 441,0716.11,8845.82,9476.0+1,876
45 to 499115.21,4324.42,4084.9+1,497
50 to 547364.21,2493.82,0684.2+1,332
55 to 597964.51,1243.41,8123.7+1,016
60 to 645973.49632.91,5943.3+997
65 to 695062.99713.01,5303.1+1,024
70 to 743291.97442.31,4032.9+1,074
75 to 793241.85951.81,2382.5+914
80 to 842271.34121.39972.0+770
85 and over3542.08552.61,8173.7+1,463
Total persons17,536100.032,695100.049,021100.0+31,485
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2041, prepared by .id , the population experts, June 2018.

Key findings

In 2016, the dominant age structure for persons in Footscray was ages 25 to 29, which accounted for 16.5% of the total persons.

The largest increase in persons between 2016 and 2026 is forecast to be in ages 25 to 29, which is expected to increase by 2,550 and account for 16.7% of the total persons.

The largest 5 year age group in 2026 is 25 to 29 years, with a total of 5,444 persons.

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