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In 2017, Crowdy - Harrington - Johns River is estimated to have the highest fertility rate of 3.38 (births per woman), this is expected to decrease to 3.19 in 2036.
The number of births in the MidCoast Council are derived by multiplying age specific fertility rates of women aged 15-49 by the female population in these age groups for all years during the forecast period.
Birth rates are especially influential in determining the number of children in an area, with most inner urban areas having relatively low birth rates, compared to outer suburban or rural and regional areas. Birth rates have been changing, with a greater share of women bearing children at older ages or not at all, with overall increases in fertility rates. This can have a large impact on the future population profile.
|Forecast fertility rates (births per woman)|
|MidCoast Council||Year||Change between 2017 and 2036|
|Bulahdelah - Central Rural||2.27||2.28||+0.01|
|Crowdy - Harrington - Johns River||3.38||3.19||-0.19|
|Forster South - Green Point||2.21||2.04||-0.17|
|Hawks Nest - Tea Gardens||2.78||2.55||-0.22|
|Nabiac - Failford - Darawank - Rural North||1.33||1.41||+0.08|
|North Arm Cove - Pindimar - Nerong||1.85||2.11||+0.26|
|Old Bar - Wallabi||1.56||1.44||-0.12|
|Old Bar Balance||2.39||2.42||+0.02|
|Pacific Palms - Blueys Beach - Coomba Park||2.54||2.33||-0.20|
|Stroud - Rural West||2.29||2.04||-0.24|
The forecast number of deaths in the MidCoast Council is a reflection of death rates assumed for small areas. For historical years, this will equal the number of deaths published by the ABS, where this information was available at the time of forecasting. These rates are based on historical estimates for the MidCoast Council, which have been extrapolated into the future, assuming an increase in expectation of life in all age groups (except 85 years and over).
Death rates are influential in shaping the numbers of older people in an area's population. Death rates too have been changing, with higher life expectancy at most ages, with men's life expectancy increasing more than that of women.
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