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Port Macquarie-Hastings CouncilPopulation forecast

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

Population and age structure

Between 2016 and 2026, the age structure forecasts for Port Macquarie-Hastings Council indicate a 18.0% increase in population under working age, a 22.9% increase in population of retirement age, and a 14.1% 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 Port Macquarie-Hastings Council 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 - Service age groups
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council - Total persons201620262041Change between 2016 and 2041
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)4,1415.25,0955.46,0715.4+1,930
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)6,7538.47,7558.29,3478.3+2,594
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)5,8597.36,5627.07,8867.0+2,027
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)4,9596.25,9656.37,2916.5+2,333
Young workforce (25 to 34)7,1128.98,8849.410,5689.4+3,456
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)13,29816.615,29316.218,68116.6+5,383
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)10,95513.711,58712.313,47712.0+2,522
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)11,67214.613,17814.014,66013.0+2,989
Seniors (70 to 84)12,33915.416,31017.319,71517.5+7,376
Elderly aged (85 and over)2,9873.73,6803.94,7884.3+1,802
Total persons80,073100.094,310100.0112,484100.0+32,411
Source: Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2041, prepared by .id (informed decisions), December 2019.

Key findings

In 2016, the dominant age structure for persons in Port Macquarie-Hastings Council was ages Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), which accounted for 16.6% of the total persons.

The largest increase in persons between 2016 and 2026 is forecast to be in ages Seniors (70 to 84), which is expected to increase by 3,972 and account for 17.3% of the total persons.

The largest 5 year age group in 2026 is Seniors (70 to 84) years, with a total of 16,310 persons.

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