Port Macquarie - Hastings CouncilPopulation forecast
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This forecast has been updated with 2016 Census dwelling counts and the 2016 Estimated Resident Population. More information can be found here.

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Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area

Population, households and dwellings

The number of dwellings in Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area is forecast to grow from 37,024 in 2016 to 44,899 in 2026, with the average household size remaining stable from 2.31 to 2.31 by 2026.

This summary shows the results of the forecasts for population, households and dwellings in Port Macquarie-Hastings Council 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
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council areaForecast 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 2036, prepared by .id , the population experts, November 2017.

Forecast population, households and average household size
Forecast population, households and average household size 2036 Average household size: 2.31 2035 Average household size: 2.31 2034 Average household size: 2.31 2033 Average household size: 2.31 2032 Average household size: 2.31 2031 Average household size: 2.31 2030 Average household size: 2.31 2029 Average household size: 2.31 2028 Average household size: 2.31 2027 Average household size: 2.31 2026 Average household size: 2.31 2025 Average household size: 2.31 2024 Average household size: 2.31 2023 Average household size: 2.31 2022 Average household size: 2.31 2021 Average household size: 2.31 2020 Average household size: 2.31 2019 Average household size: 2.31 2018 Average household size: 2.31 2017 Average household size: 2.31 2016 Average household size: 2.31 2036 Average household size: 2.31 2035 Average household size: 2.31 2034 Average household size: 2.31 2033 Average household size: 2.31 2032 Average household size: 2.31 2031 Average household size: 2.31 2030 Average household size: 2.31 2029 Average household size: 2.31 2028 Average household size: 2.31 2027 Average household size: 2.31 2026 Average household size: 2.31 2025 Average household size: 2.31 2024 Average household size: 2.31 2023 Average household size: 2.31 2022 Average household size: 2.31 2021 Average household size: 2.31 2020 Average household size: 2.31 2019 Average household size: 2.31 2018 Average household size: 2.31 2017 Average household size: 2.31 2036 Households: 44,078 2035 Households: 43,595 2034 Households: 43,111 2033 Households: 42,627 2032 Households: 42,139 2031 Households: 41,648 2030 Households: 41,157 2029 Households: 40,667 2028 Households: 40,175 2027 Households: 39,679 2026 Households: 39,180 2025 Households: 38,676 2024 Households: 38,172 2023 Households: 37,660 2022 Households: 37,153 2021 Households: 36,646 2020 Households: 36,119 2019 Households: 35,597 2018 Households: 35,083 2017 Households: 34,584 2016 Households: 34,101 2036 Total population: 103,993 2035 Total population: 102,864 2034 Total population: 101,720 2033 Total population: 100,496 2032 Total population: 99,314 2031 Total population: 98,123 2030 Total population: 96,947 2029 Total population: 95,752 2028 Total population: 94,633 2027 Total population: 93,487 2026 Total population: 92,240 2025 Total population: 91,021 2024 Total population: 89,791 2023 Total population: 88,558 2022 Total population: 87,399 2021 Total population: 86,183 2020 Total population: 84,878 2019 Total population: 83,616 2018 Total population: 82,370 2017 Total population: 81,128 2016 Total population: 79,905
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id the population experts, November 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the total population of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area was estimated to be 79,905 people. It is expected to increase by over 12,300 people to 92,240 by 2026, at an average annual growth rate of 1.45%. This is based on an increase of over 7,500 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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