Oxfordshire housing-led population forecasts March 2023 update (2021-2031)

Graph of population trend for 2011 to 2031


Oxfordshire County Council carries out an annual update to housing-led population forecasts to support planning for school places, social care and other services. These differ from the population projections provided by ONS in that they:

  • provide estimates of population change at a small area level (Middle Layer Super Output Areas, 86 in Oxfordshire).
  • take into account the predicted increase in housing across Oxfordshire from planned district housing trajectories as of December 2022.

It is important to note that the rate of housebuilding is an input to the model and the outputs reflect the expected population if that level of housebuilding takes place. The forecasts, therefore, are not indicative of housing need, and should not be used or interpreted as such.

What the forecasts show

The March 2023 update of the Oxfordshire County Council housing-led forecasts predict a total population in Oxfordshire of 831,200 by 2031, a growth of 131,600 (+15%). Over the same period the ONS projections show an increase of +4%.

Differences are particularly apparent for the younger and working age groups. For older people aged 65 and over, the predicted growth is similar.


Explore the forecasts using our interactive dashboard

Download the excel pack with forecasts for districts (single year of age) and MSOAs (5 year age bands)

Download the summary JSNA bitesize report showing the trend for Oxfordshire, districts and main settlements

Link to the latest ONS 2018-based population projections

If you have questions, please email us at JSNA@oxfordshire.gov.uk