About 34,000 residents call Moorabool home. Most live in the main centres of Bacchus Marsh (59 kms west of Melbourne CBD) and Ballan (70 kms west of Melbourne CBD).

A significant number of residents commute outside of the Moorabool Shire for work (Melbourne, Ballarat, Geelong) by train or along the freeway. 


Moorabool Shire's work and income profile

Occupation types

Most of the workers in the area are tradespeople, clerical, sales and service workers, and professionals.

There are a significant number of managers, administrators, and professionals to help enterprise development. There are also many tradespeople and related workers often operating their own business, particularly as home based operators.

View the 2016 Census data for a more detailed breakdown.

Education qualifications

14.1% of residents have a Bachelor Degree or Higher

23.5% have a Certificate

43.0% have no qualifications

Household income 

18.3% of the households have a high income (versus 22.9% Greater Melbourne).

18.0% have a low income compared with 22.9% (versus 16.7% for Greater Melbourne).

Read more about household income profile