The population of Kinglake District (SA2) in 2016 was 3,990 residents. It has increased by 319 residents since 2011. These figures are based on the ABS Estimated Residential Population , and are shown in the chart below. Between 2001 and 2008, the District’s population grew steadily. In 2009 there was a significant decrease in the number of residents (around 400 people). This was due to the impact of the February 2009 bushfires, with the Kinglake SA2 the main affected area in Murrindindi. Since 2009, the population of Murrindindi has increased steadily and will soon exceed that of the pre-bushfire period . It is likely that this population growth is being driven by the District’s proximity to Melbourne and peri-urban lifestyle.
Over the last decade, the median age in Kinglake has been increasing in line with the national trend. However, at 41 years of age, it is still lower than other areas of Murrindindi and of rural Victoria. This is explained by the large number of families in the District.
The dependency ratio is a measure of the number of residents that are not of normal working age (e.g. too young or old to work) relative to the number of residents of working age (15 to 64 years old). The dependency ratio in Kinglake District is significantly lower than other rural areas of Victoria, although it did increase from 2011 to 2016. The still low dependency ratio underpins high level of productivity in the area, and relatively high household incomes. For more information regarding the dependency ratio click here.