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This forecast has been updated with 2016 Census dwelling counts and the 2016 Estimated Resident Population. More information can be found here.

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Wollongong City

Household types

In 2016, the dominant household type in Wollongong City was 'Couple families with dependents', and by 2026 the largest forecast increase is expected in 'Couples without dependents'.

Analysing the future household structure in Wollongong City, especially in conjunction with age structure, provides insight to the role the area plays in the housing market. Some areas, usually with separate housing stock, are dominated by families. Others, with more dense housing in inner city locations have significant numbers of lone person households and couples without dependents.

Forecast household types
Wollongong City201620262036Change between 2016 and 2036
TypeNumber%Number%Number%Number
Couple families with dependents24,79930.426,82429.629,37929.5+4,580
Couples without dependents21,28626.124,55327.127,52927.6+6,243
Group households3,5614.43,7674.23,9373.9+376
Lone person households20,83125.623,55326.026,05826.1+5,227
One parent family8,99511.09,64210.610,27910.3+1,284
Other families2,0582.52,2992.52,5732.6+515

Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id , the population experts, November 2017.

Forecast household types
Forecast household types Other families, 2036: 2,573 One parent family, 2036: 10,279 Lone person households, 2036: 26,058 Group households, 2036: 3,937 Couples without dependents, 2036: 27,529 Couple families with dependents, 2036: 29,379 Other families, 2026: 2,299 One parent family, 2026: 9,642 Lone person households, 2026: 23,553 Group households, 2026: 3,767 Couples without dependents, 2026: 24,553 Couple families with dependents, 2026: 26,824 Other families, 2016: 2,058 One parent family, 2016: 8,995 Lone person households, 2016: 20,831 Group households, 2016: 3,561 Couples without dependents, 2016: 21,286 Couple families with dependents, 2016: 24,799
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id the population experts, November 2017.
Forecast change in household types, 2016 to 2036
Forecast change in household types, 2016 to 2036 Forecast change in Other families,  2026 to 2036: 274 Forecast change in One parent family,  2026 to 2036: 637 Forecast change in Lone person households,  2026 to 2036: 2,505 Forecast change in Group households,  2026 to 2036: 170 Forecast change in Couples without dependents,  2026 to 2036: 2,976 Forecast change in Couple families with dependents,  2026 to 2036: 2,555 Forecast change in Other families,  2016 to 2026: 241 Forecast change in One parent family,  2016 to 2026: 647 Forecast change in Lone person households,  2016 to 2026: 2,722 Forecast change in Group households,  2016 to 2026: 206 Forecast change in Couples without dependents,  2016 to 2026: 3,267 Forecast change in Couple families with dependents,  2016 to 2026: 2,025
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id the population experts, November 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the dominant household type in Wollongong City was Couple families with dependents, which accounted for 30.4% of all households.

The largest increase between 2016 and 2026 is forecast to be in Couples without dependents, which will increase by 3,267 households and account for 27.1% of all households.

In contrast Group households is forecast to increase by 206 households, to comprise 4.2% of all households in 2026, compared to 4.4% in 2016.

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