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South West GroupPopulation forecast

South West Group

Population, households and dwellings

The number of dwellings in South West Group is forecast to grow from 170,117 in 2016 to 252,177 in 2036, with the average household size rising from 2.61 to 2.60 by 2036.

This summary shows the results of the forecasts for population, households and dwellings in South West Group. The period 2016 to 2026, 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
South West GroupForecast year
Summary20162021202620312036
Population419,109487,209541,808588,435625,562
Change in population (5yrs)--68,10054,59946,62637,127
Average annual change--3.06%2.15%1.66%1.23%
Households158,449182,508203,489222,065237,886
Average household size2.612.642.632.622.60
Population in non private dwellings5,4215,9756,5817,0527,210
Dwellings170,117195,577217,252236,133252,177
Dwelling occupancy rate93.1493.3293.6694.0494.33
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id , the population experts, December 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the total population of South West Group was estimated to be 419,109 people. It is expected to increase by over 169,326 people to 588,435 by 2026, at an average annual growth rate of 3.45%. This is based on an increase of over 63,616 households during the period, with the average number of persons per household rising from 2.61 to 2.62 by 2026.

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