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Population and age structure

Between 2016 and 2026, the age structure forecasts for Woolgoolga indicate a 52.1% increase in population under working age, a 15.9% increase in population of retirement age, and a 6.0% 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 Woolgoolga 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
Woolgoolga - Total persons201620262036Change between 2016 and 2036
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
0 to 42985.53796.14886.2+190
5 to 92404.54457.15547.0+314
10 to 142835.34256.85547.0+271
15 to 192765.12904.74385.6+162
20 to 242715.02704.33764.8+105
25 to 293596.73605.84555.8+96
30 to 343416.33485.64445.6+103
35 to 392705.03655.94555.8+185
40 to 442905.43575.74475.7+157
45 to 492885.33345.44505.7+162
50 to 543145.83535.74545.8+140
55 to 594067.53625.84545.8+48
60 to 644167.73866.24756.0+59
65 to 693827.14136.64445.6+62
70 to 742875.33655.93915.0+104
75 to 792524.73135.03764.8+124
80 to 842334.32343.83204.1+87
85 and over1793.32203.52973.8+118
Total persons5,385100.06,219100.07,872100.0+2,487
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 Woolgoolga was ages 60 to 64, which accounted for 7.7% of the total persons.

The largest increase in persons between 2016 and 2026 is forecast to be in ages 5 to 9, which is expected to increase by 205 and account for 7.1% of the total persons.

The largest 5 year age group in 2026 is 5 to 9 years, with a total of 445 persons.

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