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Wollongong City

Population and age structure

Between 2011 and 2026, the age structure forecasts for Wollongong City indicate a 13.8% increase in population under working age, a 36.9% increase in population of retirement age, and a 10.1% increase in population of working age.

Knowledge of how the age structure of the population is changing is essential for planning age-based facilities and services, such as child care, recreation and aged care.

The forecast age groups of Wollongong City is a function of the current age of the population (people aging each year, being born and dying) as well as the age of people migrating into and out of the area. This in turn is driven by location (fringe, city centre, regional or rural) the existing housing stock (separate dwellings, medium or high density), the amount and type of new residential development (same as existing stock, or diversifying) and where the area is in a cycle of change. We call this the area’s residential role and function. You can learn more about this in the section household and suburb life cycles.

Forecast age structure - 5 year age groups
Wollongong City - Total persons201120262036Change between 2011 and 2036
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
0 to 4 12,4676.213,7815.914,7365.8+2,269
5 to 9 12,1566.014,2006.115,5156.1+3,359
10 to 14 12,2256.013,9496.015,6566.2+3,431
15 to 19 13,4116.615,0456.516,4936.5+3,082
20 to 24 16,0147.916,9817.317,8937.1+1,879
25 to 29 13,8296.815,3416.615,7646.2+1,935
30 to 34 12,5366.214,5166.215,1566.0+2,620
35 to 39 13,4586.714,6776.315,7466.2+2,288
40 to 44 13,2216.514,8286.416,2826.4+3,061
45 to 49 13,7476.814,3426.215,9886.3+2,241
50 to 54 13,6266.714,1766.115,4446.1+1,818
55 to 59 11,9505.913,3075.714,5265.7+2,576
60 to 64 10,9295.412,9445.613,8385.5+2,909
65 to 69 9,0404.512,1425.212,8085.0+3,768
70 to 74 7,5973.810,5324.511,9084.7+4,311
75 to 79 6,4393.28,8453.810,3954.1+3,956
80 to 84 5,0992.56,5682.88,0953.2+2,996
85 and over4,3242.16,3922.77,5473.0+3,223
Total persons202,068100.0232,566100.0253,792100.0+51,724

Population and household forecasts, 2011 to 2036, prepared by .id , the population experts, June 2016.

Forecast age structure - 5 year age groups
Forecast age structure - 5 year age groups Forecast persons aged 85+,  2036: 7,547 Forecast persons aged 80-84,  2036: 8,095 Forecast persons aged 75-79,  2036: 10,395 Forecast persons aged 70-74,  2036: 11,908 Forecast persons aged 65-69,  2036: 12,808 Forecast persons aged 60-64,  2036: 13,838 Forecast persons aged 55-59,  2036: 14,526 Forecast persons aged 50-54,  2036: 15,444 Forecast persons aged 45-49,  2036: 15,988 Forecast persons aged 40-44,  2036: 16,282 Forecast persons aged 35-39,  2036: 15,746 Forecast persons aged 30-34,  2036: 15,156 Forecast persons aged 25-29,  2036: 15,764 Forecast persons aged 20-24,  2036: 17,893 Forecast persons aged 15-19,  2036: 16,493 Forecast persons aged 10-14,  2036: 15,656 Forecast persons aged 5-9,  2036: 15,515 Forecast persons aged 0-4,  2036: 14,736 Forecast persons aged 85+,  2026: 6,392 Forecast persons aged 80-84,  2026: 6,568 Forecast persons aged 75-79,  2026: 8,845 Forecast persons aged 70-74,  2026: 10,532 Forecast persons aged 65-69,  2026: 12,142 Forecast persons aged 60-64,  2026: 12,944 Forecast persons aged 55-59,  2026: 13,307 Forecast persons aged 50-54,  2026: 14,176 Forecast persons aged 45-49,  2026: 14,342 Forecast persons aged 40-44,  2026: 14,828 Forecast persons aged 35-39,  2026: 14,677 Forecast persons aged 30-34,  2026: 14,516 Forecast persons aged 25-29,  2026: 15,341 Forecast persons aged 20-24,  2026: 16,981 Forecast persons aged 15-19,  2026: 15,045 Forecast persons aged 10-14,  2026: 13,949 Forecast persons aged 5-9,  2026: 14,200 Forecast persons aged 0-4,  2026: 13,781 Forecast persons aged 85+,  2011: 4,324 Forecast persons aged 80-84,  2011: 5,099 Forecast persons aged 75-79,  2011: 6,439 Forecast persons aged 70-74,  2011: 7,597 Forecast persons aged 65-69,  2011: 9,040 Forecast persons aged 60-64,  2011: 10,929 Forecast persons aged 55-59,  2011: 11,950 Forecast persons aged 50-54,  2011: 13,626 Forecast persons aged 45-49,  2011: 13,747 Forecast persons aged 40-44,  2011: 13,221 Forecast persons aged 35-39,  2011: 13,458 Forecast persons aged 30-34,  2011: 12,536 Forecast persons aged 25-29,  2011: 13,829 Forecast persons aged 20-24,  2011: 16,014 Forecast persons aged 15-19,  2011: 13,411 Forecast persons aged 10-14,  2011: 12,225 Forecast persons aged 5-9,  2011: 12,156 Forecast persons aged 0-4,  2011: 12,467
Population and household forecasts, 2011 to 2036, prepared by .id the population experts, June 2016.
Forecast change in age structure - 5 year age groups
Forecast change in age structure - 5 year age groups Forecast persons aged 85+,  2026 to 2036: 1,155 Forecast persons aged 80-84,  2026 to 2036: 1,526 Forecast persons aged 75-79,  2026 to 2036: 1,549 Forecast persons aged 70-74,  2026 to 2036: 1,376 Forecast persons aged 65-69,  2026 to 2036: 667 Forecast persons aged 60-64,  2026 to 2036: 894 Forecast persons aged 55-59,  2026 to 2036: 1,219 Forecast persons aged 50-54,  2026 to 2036: 1,269 Forecast persons aged 45-49,  2026 to 2036: 1,646 Forecast persons aged 40-44,  2026 to 2036: 1,454 Forecast persons aged 35-39,  2026 to 2036: 1,069 Forecast persons aged 30-34,  2026 to 2036: 641 Forecast persons aged 25-29,  2026 to 2036: 424 Forecast persons aged 20-24,  2026 to 2036: 913 Forecast persons aged 15-19,  2026 to 2036: 1,448 Forecast persons aged 10-14,  2026 to 2036: 1,707 Forecast persons aged 5-9,  2026 to 2036: 1,314 Forecast persons aged 0-4,  2026 to 2036: 955 Forecast persons aged 85+,  2011 to 2026: 2,068 Forecast persons aged 80-84,  2011 to 2026: 1,469 Forecast persons aged 75-79,  2011 to 2026: 2,406 Forecast persons aged 70-74,  2011 to 2026: 2,935 Forecast persons aged 65-69,  2011 to 2026: 3,102 Forecast persons aged 60-64,  2011 to 2026: 2,015 Forecast persons aged 55-59,  2011 to 2026: 1,357 Forecast persons aged 50-54,  2011 to 2026: 550 Forecast persons aged 45-49,  2011 to 2026: 595 Forecast persons aged 40-44,  2011 to 2026: 1,607 Forecast persons aged 35-39,  2011 to 2026: 1,219 Forecast persons aged 30-34,  2011 to 2026: 1,980 Forecast persons aged 25-29,  2011 to 2026: 1,512 Forecast persons aged 20-24,  2011 to 2026: 967 Forecast persons aged 15-19,  2011 to 2026: 1,634 Forecast persons aged 10-14,  2011 to 2026: 1,724 Forecast persons aged 5-9,  2011 to 2026: 2,044 Forecast persons aged 0-4,  2011 to 2026: 1,314
Population and household forecasts, 2011 to 2036, prepared by .id the population experts, June 2016.

Key findings

In 2011, the dominant age structure for persons in Wollongong City was ages 20 to 24 , which accounted for 7.9% of the total persons.

The largest increase in persons between 2011 and 2026 is forecast to be in ages 65 to 69 , which is expected to increase by 3,102 and account for 5.2% of the total persons.

The largest 5 year age group in 2026 is 20 to 24 years, with a total of 16,981 persons.

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