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Population and age structure

Between 2016 and 2031, the age structure forecasts for Burwood indicate a 29.9% increase in population under working age, a 28.1% increase in population of retirement age, and a 29.5% 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 Burwood 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 - Service age groups
Burwood - Total persons201620312041Change between 2016 and 2041
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)5013.97174.37164.1+215
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)6985.48415.08544.9+156
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)7345.71,3288.01,3958.0+661
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)3,31025.73,95923.74,03923.2+729
Young workforce (25 to 34)2,28117.72,98117.93,00817.3+727
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)1,83514.22,42214.52,48614.3+651
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)1,1198.71,3318.01,4388.2+319
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)8666.71,1206.71,1846.8+318
Seniors (70 to 84)1,0718.31,4218.51,6609.5+589
Elderly aged (85 and over)4853.85623.46533.7+168
Total persons12,900100.016,682100.017,432100.0+4,532
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2041, prepared by .id , the population experts, March 2019.

Key findings

In 2016, the dominant age structure for persons in Burwood was ages Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), which accounted for 25.7% of the total persons.

The largest increase in persons between 2016 and 2031 is forecast to be in ages Young workforce (25 to 34), which is expected to increase by 700 and account for 17.9% of the total persons.

The largest 5 year age group in 2031 is Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) years, with a total of 3,959 persons.

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