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City of MelbournePopulation forecast

City of Melbourne

Household types

In 2016, the dominant household type in the City of Melbourne was 'Lone person households', and by 2031 the largest forecast increase is expected in 'Lone person households'.

Analysing the future household structure in City of Melbourne, especially in conjunction with age structure, provides insight to the role the area plays in the housing market. Some areas, usually with separate housing stock, are dominated by families. Others, with more dense housing in inner city locations have significant numbers of lone person households and couples without dependents.

Forecast household types
City of Melbourne201620312041Change between 2016 and 2041
Couple families with dependents6,2459.314,21210.619,31710.9+13,072
Couples without dependents17,28425.737,09027.749,46027.9+32,176
Group households13,86820.621,43916.025,84114.6+11,973
Lone person households24,57736.651,03838.168,49838.7+43,921
One parent family2,6934.06,0714.58,8465.0+6,153
Other families2,5443.84,1403.15,0732.9+2,529
Source: Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2041, prepared by .id (informed decisions), April 2019.

Key findings

In 2016, the dominant household type in the City of Melbourne was Lone person households, which accounted for 36.6% of all households.

The largest increase between 2016 and 2031 is forecast to be in Lone person households, which will increase by 26,461 households and account for 38.1% of all households.

In contrast Other families is forecast to increase by 1,596 households, to comprise 3.1% of all households in 2031, compared to 3.8% in 2016.

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