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Central Coast NSWPopulation forecast

Central Coast NSW

Population, households and dwellings

The number of dwellings in Central Coast NSW is forecast to grow from 145,961 in 2016 to 184,132 in 2036, with the average household size falling from 2.49 to 2.45 by 2036.

This summary shows the results of the forecasts for population, households and dwellings in Central Coast NSW. 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
Central Coast NSWForecast year
Change in population (5yrs)--19,60619,01020,09420,596
Average annual change--1.14%1.05%1.05%1.02%
Average household size2.492.482.472.462.45
Population in non private dwellings4,6485,3095,7746,2536,732
Dwelling occupancy rate91.0390.9790.8190.6190.41
Source: Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id (informed decisions), March 2018.

Key findings

In 2016, the total population of Central Coast NSW was estimated to be 335,309 people. It is expected to increase by over 58,710 people to 394,019 by 2026, at an average annual growth rate of 1.63%. This is based on an increase of over 24,939 households during the period, with the average number of persons per household falling from 2.49 to 2.46 by 2026.

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