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Murray Shire CouncilPopulation forecast


Population and age structure

Between 2016 and 2031, the age structure forecasts for Ravenswood indicate a 63.8% increase in population under working age, a 19.4% increase in population of retirement age, and a 82.8% 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 Ravenswood 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
Ravenswood - Total persons201620312051Change between 2016 and 2051
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
0 to 41547.72156.73016.4+147
5 to 91256.32046.42896.2+164
10 to 14974.91976.12836.0+185
15 to 19984.92056.42876.1+190
20 to 241145.82036.32866.1+172
25 to 291477.42166.73016.4+154
30 to 341296.52166.73026.4+173
35 to 39844.22056.42916.2+208
40 to 44884.42006.22826.0+194
45 to 491055.31976.12906.2+185
50 to 54954.81665.22715.8+176
55 to 59924.71625.02605.5+167
60 to 641045.31605.02525.4+148
65 to 691246.21574.92465.2+122
70 to 741145.71534.82375.0+123
75 to 791668.41514.72304.9+64
80 to 84934.71213.81813.8+87
85 and over542.7762.41102.3+56
Total persons1,984100.03,203100.04,698100.0+2,714
Source: Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2051, prepared by .id (informed decisions), October 2020.

Key findings

In 2016, the dominant age structure for persons in Ravenswood was ages 75 to 79, which accounted for 8.4% of the total persons.

The largest increase in persons between 2016 and 2031 is forecast to be in ages 35 to 39, which is expected to increase by 122 and account for 6.4% of the total persons.

The largest 5 year age group in 2031 is 25 to 29 years, with a total of 216 persons.

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