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Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional CouncilPopulation forecast

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council

Population and age structure

Between 2016 and 2031, the age structure forecasts for Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council indicate a 35.1% increase in population under working age, a 53.0% increase in population of retirement age, and a 27.1% 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 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 persons201620312041Change between 2016 and 2041
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
0 to 43,9346.85,2276.95,8736.7+1,939
5 to 93,9346.85,3017.06,1467.0+2,212
10 to 143,6666.35,0526.66,0436.8+2,377
15 to 193,6506.34,5456.05,3676.1+1,717
20 to 243,5156.14,4005.84,8935.5+1,378
25 to 294,0807.15,1726.85,7466.5+1,666
30 to 344,1237.15,5447.36,2007.0+2,078
35 to 393,8256.65,7447.56,5647.4+2,739
40 to 444,3037.45,7697.66,6877.6+2,384
45 to 494,6798.15,4937.26,5197.4+1,840
50 to 544,3607.55,0476.66,1046.9+1,745
55 to 593,8746.74,5105.95,3166.0+1,442
60 to 643,1215.44,0275.34,5085.1+1,387
65 to 692,5744.53,3004.33,7444.2+1,170
70 to 741,6792.92,6873.53,1323.5+1,453
75 to 791,1682.01,9492.62,3942.7+1,226
80 to 846621.11,3351.81,7011.9+1,039
85 and over6361.11,0061.31,3191.5+684
Total persons57,781100.076,107100.088,258100.0+30,477
Source: Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2041, prepared by .id (informed decisions), March 2022.

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 2031 is forecast to be in ages 35 to 39, which is expected to increase by 1,919 and account for 7.5% of the total persons.

The largest 5 year age group in 2031 is 40 to 44 years, with a total of 5,769 persons.

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