Population profile


The Macedon Ranges population is spread across nine towns and a number of smaller settlements. The largest towns are Gisborne, Kyneton, Romsey and Woodend.  About 35% of people in Macedon Ranges live outside a town boundary in a rural setting.

Our community

  • People: 45,308 (estimated resident population 2015) 
  • Average number of people per household: 2.7
  • Median age:  41
  • 21% aged between 0-14 years
  • 14% aged 65 years and over (expected to increase to 20% by 2026)
  • 13% born overseas
  • 92% speak English at home only
  • 24% volunteer through an organisation or group. 

Community Profile

Local population and social data is available through the Macedon Ranges Community Profile and includes characteristics of our community, how we have changed over time and how we compare to other areas. 

Community Atlas

View interactive local maps that include data from the 2011 ABS Census to help identify patterns and trends in our shire.

Population forecasts

Learn about drivers of population change and forecasts how population, age structure and household types will change across the shire from 2011 to 2036 on the forecast.id website

New Ratepayer Survey

Council's New Ratepayer Survey Report(PDF, 713KB)  also provides information about the characteristics of people moving to (and within) the shire.