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Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional CouncilPopulation forecast

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council

Population and age structure

Between 2016 and 2026, the age structure forecasts for Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council indicate a 12.7% increase in population under working age, a 50.2% increase in population of retirement age, and a 9.0% 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 Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional 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 - 5 year age groups
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council - Total persons201620262036Change between 2016 and 2036
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
0 to 43,9616.84,4946.75,3036.7+1,342
5 to 93,9826.94,3556.55,2286.6+1,246
10 to 143,6576.34,2296.45,0896.5+1,433
15 to 193,6596.33,9345.94,5995.8+939
20 to 243,5316.13,8705.84,4705.7+940
25 to 294,1037.14,2986.54,8066.1+702
30 to 344,1487.14,4186.65,0886.5+939
35 to 393,8376.64,7147.15,4857.0+1,648
40 to 444,3277.44,8747.35,7547.3+1,427
45 to 494,6798.14,5246.85,5717.1+892
50 to 544,3777.54,4596.75,1916.6+814
55 to 593,9076.74,3706.64,5775.8+670
60 to 643,1355.43,8115.74,0825.2+946
65 to 692,6184.53,1884.83,6844.7+1,066
70 to 741,6762.92,5643.93,2244.1+1,548
75 to 791,1872.02,0603.12,6723.4+1,485
80 to 846751.21,2951.92,0442.6+1,370
85 and over6611.11,1341.71,8902.4+1,229
Total persons58,119100.066,593100.078,756100.0+20,637
Source: Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id (informed decisions), December 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the dominant age structure for persons in Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council was ages 45 to 49, which accounted for 8.1% of the total persons.

The largest increase in persons between 2016 and 2026 is forecast to be in ages 70 to 74, which is expected to increase by 889 and account for 3.9% of the total persons.

The largest 5 year age group in 2026 is 40 to 44 years, with a total of 4,874 persons.

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