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Welcome to the WESROC area population forecasts

The WESROC area population forecast for 2015 is 71,543, and is forecast to grow to 84,661 by 2031.

The WESROC area population and household forecasts present what is driving population change in the community and how the population, age structure and household types will change each year between 2011 and 2031.

The forecasts are designed to provide community groups, Council, investors, business, students and the general public with knowledge to make confident decisions about the future.

These forecasts were last updated in May 2012 by .id, the population experts, on behalf of the WESROC area. Forecasts are available for each year from 2011 to 2031.

Forecast population
Forecast population 2031 forecast population: 84,661 2030 forecast population: 83,717 2029 forecast population: 82,792 2028 forecast population: 81,894 2027 forecast population: 81,003 2026 forecast population: 80,170 2025 forecast population: 79,389 2024 forecast population: 78,612 2023 forecast population: 77,858 2022 forecast population: 77,122 2021 forecast population: 76,307 2020 forecast population: 75,490 2019 forecast population: 74,675 2018 forecast population: 73,835 2017 forecast population: 73,030 2016 forecast population: 72,225 2015 forecast population: 71,543 2014 forecast population: 70,938 2013 forecast population: 70,547 2012 forecast population: 70,417 2011 forecast population: 70,246
Population and household forecasts, 2011 to 2031, prepared by .id, May 2012.

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This population forecast is just one of a family of demographic and economic resources available for this area and other areas across Australia. The full suite of resources includes community profiles, population forecasts, social atlases and economic profiles. You can be confident using them for planning, research and advocacy as they are compiled and maintained with the latest data by population experts, .id. Access them online in the Demographic Resource Centre