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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

Population and age structure

Between 2016 and 2026, the age structure forecasts for Wollongong City indicate a 10.0% increase in population under working age, a 22.9% increase in population of retirement age, and a 7.2% 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 persons201620262036Change between 2016 and 2036
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
0 to 4 13,0526.213,8495.914,8365.8+1,784
5 to 9 13,2326.314,3226.115,6076.1+2,375
10 to 14 12,2275.814,1946.115,7276.2+3,499
15 to 19 13,6396.515,1146.516,5246.5+2,885
20 to 24 16,8158.017,0067.318,1537.1+1,338
25 to 29 14,6446.915,3516.615,9176.2+1,273
30 to 34 13,5216.414,7926.315,3646.0+1,843
35 to 39 12,9466.114,7936.315,9356.3+2,989
40 to 44 13,8426.614,9676.416,4496.5+2,607
45 to 49 13,2446.314,2676.116,0526.3+2,809
50 to 54 13,6896.514,1986.115,5366.1+1,847
55 to 59 13,1626.213,2605.714,5225.7+1,361
60 to 64 11,3675.412,9975.613,8815.4+2,514
65 to 69 10,4034.912,1855.212,7665.0+2,363
70 to 74 8,3704.010,3364.411,8764.7+3,506
75 to 79 6,7633.28,7643.810,3454.1+3,582
80 to 84 5,1142.46,4782.87,9123.1+2,799
85 and over5,1722.46,2672.77,4032.9+2,232
Total persons211,201100.0233,141100.0254,805100.0+43,604

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

Forecast age structure - 5 year age groups
Forecast age structure - 5 year age groups Forecast persons aged 85+,  2036: 7,403 Forecast persons aged 80-84,  2036: 7,912 Forecast persons aged 75-79,  2036: 10,345 Forecast persons aged 70-74,  2036: 11,876 Forecast persons aged 65-69,  2036: 12,766 Forecast persons aged 60-64,  2036: 13,881 Forecast persons aged 55-59,  2036: 14,522 Forecast persons aged 50-54,  2036: 15,536 Forecast persons aged 45-49,  2036: 16,052 Forecast persons aged 40-44,  2036: 16,449 Forecast persons aged 35-39,  2036: 15,935 Forecast persons aged 30-34,  2036: 15,364 Forecast persons aged 25-29,  2036: 15,917 Forecast persons aged 20-24,  2036: 18,153 Forecast persons aged 15-19,  2036: 16,524 Forecast persons aged 10-14,  2036: 15,727 Forecast persons aged 5-9,  2036: 15,607 Forecast persons aged 0-4,  2036: 14,836 Forecast persons aged 85+,  2026: 6,267 Forecast persons aged 80-84,  2026: 6,478 Forecast persons aged 75-79,  2026: 8,764 Forecast persons aged 70-74,  2026: 10,336 Forecast persons aged 65-69,  2026: 12,185 Forecast persons aged 60-64,  2026: 12,997 Forecast persons aged 55-59,  2026: 13,260 Forecast persons aged 50-54,  2026: 14,198 Forecast persons aged 45-49,  2026: 14,267 Forecast persons aged 40-44,  2026: 14,967 Forecast persons aged 35-39,  2026: 14,793 Forecast persons aged 30-34,  2026: 14,792 Forecast persons aged 25-29,  2026: 15,351 Forecast persons aged 20-24,  2026: 17,006 Forecast persons aged 15-19,  2026: 15,114 Forecast persons aged 10-14,  2026: 14,194 Forecast persons aged 5-9,  2026: 14,322 Forecast persons aged 0-4,  2026: 13,849 Forecast persons aged 85+,  2016: 5,172 Forecast persons aged 80-84,  2016: 5,114 Forecast persons aged 75-79,  2016: 6,763 Forecast persons aged 70-74,  2016: 8,370 Forecast persons aged 65-69,  2016: 10,403 Forecast persons aged 60-64,  2016: 11,367 Forecast persons aged 55-59,  2016: 13,162 Forecast persons aged 50-54,  2016: 13,689 Forecast persons aged 45-49,  2016: 13,244 Forecast persons aged 40-44,  2016: 13,842 Forecast persons aged 35-39,  2016: 12,946 Forecast persons aged 30-34,  2016: 13,521 Forecast persons aged 25-29,  2016: 14,644 Forecast persons aged 20-24,  2016: 16,815 Forecast persons aged 15-19,  2016: 13,639 Forecast persons aged 10-14,  2016: 12,227 Forecast persons aged 5-9,  2016: 13,232 Forecast persons aged 0-4,  2016: 13,052
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id the population experts, November 2017.
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: 1,136 Forecast persons aged 80-84,  2026 to 2036: 1,435 Forecast persons aged 75-79,  2026 to 2036: 1,581 Forecast persons aged 70-74,  2026 to 2036: 1,540 Forecast persons aged 65-69,  2026 to 2036: 582 Forecast persons aged 60-64,  2026 to 2036: 884 Forecast persons aged 55-59,  2026 to 2036: 1,262 Forecast persons aged 50-54,  2026 to 2036: 1,338 Forecast persons aged 45-49,  2026 to 2036: 1,785 Forecast persons aged 40-44,  2026 to 2036: 1,481 Forecast persons aged 35-39,  2026 to 2036: 1,142 Forecast persons aged 30-34,  2026 to 2036: 571 Forecast persons aged 25-29,  2026 to 2036: 566 Forecast persons aged 20-24,  2026 to 2036: 1,147 Forecast persons aged 15-19,  2026 to 2036: 1,410 Forecast persons aged 10-14,  2026 to 2036: 1,533 Forecast persons aged 5-9,  2026 to 2036: 1,285 Forecast persons aged 0-4,  2026 to 2036: 987 Forecast persons aged 85+,  2016 to 2026: 1,095 Forecast persons aged 80-84,  2016 to 2026: 1,364 Forecast persons aged 75-79,  2016 to 2026: 2,001 Forecast persons aged 70-74,  2016 to 2026: 1,966 Forecast persons aged 65-69,  2016 to 2026: 1,781 Forecast persons aged 60-64,  2016 to 2026: 1,630 Forecast persons aged 55-59,  2016 to 2026: 99 Forecast persons aged 50-54,  2016 to 2026: 509 Forecast persons aged 45-49,  2016 to 2026: 1,024 Forecast persons aged 40-44,  2016 to 2026: 1,125 Forecast persons aged 35-39,  2016 to 2026: 1,847 Forecast persons aged 30-34,  2016 to 2026: 1,272 Forecast persons aged 25-29,  2016 to 2026: 707 Forecast persons aged 20-24,  2016 to 2026: 191 Forecast persons aged 15-19,  2016 to 2026: 1,475 Forecast persons aged 10-14,  2016 to 2026: 1,967 Forecast persons aged 5-9,  2016 to 2026: 1,090 Forecast persons aged 0-4,  2016 to 2026: 797
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id the population experts, November 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the dominant age structure for persons in Wollongong City was ages 20 to 24 , which accounted for 8.0% of the total persons.

The largest increase in persons between 2016 and 2026 is forecast to be in ages 75 to 79 , which is expected to increase by 2,001 and account for 3.8% of the total persons.

The largest 5 year age group in 2026 is 20 to 24 years, with a total of 17,006 persons.

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