Wollongong City CouncilPopulation forecast
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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, households and dwellings

The number of dwellings in Wollongong City is forecast to grow from 85,024 in 2016 to 99,868 in 2031, with the average household size falling from 2.54 to 2.50 by 2031.

This summary shows the results of the forecasts for population, households and dwellings in Wollongong City. The period 2016 to 2026, as the short to medium term, is likely to be the most accurate and useful forecast information for immediate planning purposes.

It is important to look at the relationship between population and average household size. If the average household size is falling, then there will need to be growth in the number of households (and dwellings for them to live in) to maintain or grow the population.

Forecast population, households and dwellings
Wollongong CityForecast year
Summary20162021202620312036
Population211,201222,602233,141243,945254,805
Change in population (5yrs)--11,40110,53910,80410,860
Average annual change--1.06%0.93%0.91%0.87%
Households81,52786,20890,64095,20699,758
Average household size2.542.522.512.502.50
Population in non private dwellings4,3015,7325,7325,7325,732
Dwellings85,02490,46595,14999,868104,566
Dwelling occupancy rate95.8995.2995.2695.3395.40

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

Forecast population, households and average household size
Forecast population, households and average household size 2036 Average household size: 2.50 2035 Average household size: 2.50 2034 Average household size: 2.50 2033 Average household size: 2.50 2032 Average household size: 2.50 2031 Average household size: 2.50 2030 Average household size: 2.50 2029 Average household size: 2.50 2028 Average household size: 2.51 2027 Average household size: 2.51 2026 Average household size: 2.51 2025 Average household size: 2.51 2024 Average household size: 2.51 2023 Average household size: 2.51 2022 Average household size: 2.51 2021 Average household size: 2.52 2020 Average household size: 2.52 2019 Average household size: 2.52 2018 Average household size: 2.53 2017 Average household size: 2.53 2016 Average household size: 2.54 2036 Average household size: 2.50 2035 Average household size: 2.50 2034 Average household size: 2.50 2033 Average household size: 2.50 2032 Average household size: 2.50 2031 Average household size: 2.50 2030 Average household size: 2.50 2029 Average household size: 2.50 2028 Average household size: 2.51 2027 Average household size: 2.51 2026 Average household size: 2.51 2025 Average household size: 2.51 2024 Average household size: 2.51 2023 Average household size: 2.51 2022 Average household size: 2.51 2021 Average household size: 2.52 2020 Average household size: 2.52 2019 Average household size: 2.52 2018 Average household size: 2.53 2017 Average household size: 2.53 2036 Households: 99,755 2035 Households: 98,850 2034 Households: 97,942 2033 Households: 97,024 2032 Households: 96,108 2031 Households: 95,205 2030 Households: 94,300 2029 Households: 93,379 2028 Households: 92,462 2027 Households: 91,549 2026 Households: 90,637 2025 Households: 89,728 2024 Households: 88,829 2023 Households: 87,923 2022 Households: 87,065 2021 Households: 86,201 2020 Households: 85,340 2019 Households: 84,419 2018 Households: 83,540 2017 Households: 82,583 2016 Households: 81,529 2036 Total population: 254,805 2035 Total population: 252,656 2034 Total population: 250,476 2033 Total population: 248,249 2032 Total population: 246,054 2031 Total population: 243,945 2030 Total population: 241,801 2029 Total population: 239,630 2028 Total population: 237,453 2027 Total population: 235,258 2026 Total population: 233,141 2025 Total population: 231,023 2024 Total population: 228,828 2023 Total population: 226,621 2022 Total population: 224,573 2021 Total population: 222,602 2020 Total population: 220,598 2019 Total population: 218,581 2018 Total population: 216,375 2017 Total population: 213,402 2016 Total population: 211,201
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id the population experts, November 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the total population of Wollongong City was estimated to be 211,201 people. It is expected to increase by over 32,700 people to 243,945 by 2031, at an average annual growth rate of 1.45%. This is based on an increase of over 13,600 households during the period, with the average number of persons per household falling from 2.54 to 2.50 by 2031.

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