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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 36,804 in 2016 to 50,135 in 2041, with the average household size rising from 2.32 to 2.38 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
Change in population (5yrs)--7,6136,6236,3636,6915,120
Average annual change--1.83%1.47%1.31%1.30%0.94%
Average household size2.322.362.372.372.382.38
Population in non private dwellings1,4321,7542,1692,2892,4992,499
Dwelling occupancy rate91.9191.7991.6891.4691.7792.13
Source: Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2041, prepared by .id (informed decisions), December 2019.

Key findings

In 2016, the total population of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council was estimated to be 80,073 people. It is expected to increase by over 20,600 people to 100,673 by 2026, at an average annual growth rate of 2.32%. This is based on an increase of over 7,624 households during the period, with the average number of persons per household rising from 2.32 to 2.37 by 2026.

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