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Port Macquarie-Hastings CouncilPopulation forecast

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

Population, households and dwellings

The number of dwellings in Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is forecast to grow from 37,024 in 2016 to 47,496 in 2041, with the average household size remaining stable from 2.31 to 2.31 by 2041.

This summary shows the results of the forecasts for population, households and dwellings in Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. 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
Port Macquarie-Hastings CouncilForecast year
Summary20162021202620312036
Population79,90586,18392,24098,123103,993
Change in population (5yrs)--6,2786,0575,8845,870
Average annual change--1.52%1.37%1.24%1.17%
Households34,09736,64639,18541,64944,077
Average household size2.312.312.312.312.31
Population in non private dwellings1,2771,6391,8992,0192,229
Dwellings37,02439,62642,27344,89947,496
Dwelling occupancy rate92.0992.4892.7092.7692.80
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2041, prepared by .id , the population experts, December 2019.

Key findings

In 2016, the total population of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council was estimated to be 79,905 people. It is expected to increase by over 18,218 people to 98,123 by 2026, at an average annual growth rate of 2.08%. This is based on an increase of over 7,552 households during the period, with the average number of persons per household remaining stable from 2.31 to 2.31 by 2026.

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