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Canberra Region Joint Organisation areaPopulation forecast

Canberra Region Joint Organisation area

Population, households and dwellings

The number of dwellings in Canberra Region Joint Organisation area is forecast to grow from 110,914 in 2016 to 137,829 in 2036, with the average household size falling from 2.36 to 2.32 by 2036.

This summary shows the results of the forecasts for population, households and dwellings in the Canberra Region Joint Organisation area. 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
Canberra Region Joint Organisation areaForecast year
Change in population (5yrs)--10,44611,58712,61017,739
Average annual change--0.92%0.97%1.00%1.33%
Average household size2.362.342.332.322.32
Population in non private dwellings4,4444,5784,7865,1295,475
Dwelling occupancy rate83.8484.1784.3384.4884.73
Source: Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id (informed decisions), December 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the total population of Canberra Region Joint Organisation area was estimated to be 224,110 people. It is expected to increase by over 34,644 people to 258,754 by 2026, at an average annual growth rate of 1.45%. This is based on an increase of over 16,562 households during the period, with the average number of persons per household falling from 2.36 to 2.32 by 2026.

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