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Bathurst Regional CouncilPopulation forecast

Bathurst Regional Council

Population, households and dwellings

The number of dwellings in Bathurst Regional Council is forecast to grow from 17,452 in 2016 to 24,565 in 2041, with the average household size falling from 2.51 to 2.48 by 2041.

This summary shows the results of the forecasts for population, households and dwellings in Bathurst Regional Council. The period 2016 to 2031, 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
Bathurst Regional CouncilForecast year
Change in population (5yrs)--2,9403,1393,7453,5642,991
Average annual change--1.35%1.35%1.50%1.33%1.05%
Average household size2.512.512.492.492.482.48
Population in non private dwellings2,6172,6832,7432,8252,8692,891
Dwelling occupancy rate90.5390.0191.0591.2891.4391.49
Source: Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2041, prepared by .id (informed decisions), October 2021.

Key findings

In 2016, the total population of Bathurst Regional Council was estimated to be 42,244 people. It is expected to increase by over 9,823 people to 52,067 by 2031, at an average annual growth rate of 1.40%. This is based on an increase of over 4,000 households during the period, with the average number of persons per household falling from 2.51 to 2.49 by 2031.

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