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 per cent of people in Macedon Ranges live outside a town boundary in a rural setting.

Our community

  • People: 49,388 (estimated resident population 2018) 
  • Average number of people per household: 2.65
  • 24.5% aged between 0–17 years
  • 23.6% aged 60 years and over
  • 4% speak a language other than English at home
  • 26% 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 2016 ABS Census to help identify patterns and trends in our shire.

Population forecasts

Learn about drivers of population change and forecasts on how population, age structure and household types will change across the shire from 2016 to 2036 at forecast.id

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.