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Rockhampton Regional CouncilPopulation forecast

Rockhampton Regional Council

Population and age structure

Between 2016 and 2026, the age structure forecasts for Rockhampton Regional Council indicate a 21.8% increase in population under working age, a 30.4% increase in population of retirement age, and a 14.5% 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 Rockhampton 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
Rockhampton Regional Council - Total persons201620262036Change between 2016 and 2036
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
0 to 45,8707.27,1997.58,3057.4+2,435
5 to 95,8327.17,0167.38,0517.1+2,219
10 to 145,5576.86,8117.18,0077.1+2,450
15 to 195,7167.06,6836.97,8176.9+2,101
20 to 245,7927.16,3246.57,4756.6+1,683
25 to 296,0217.46,5106.77,5036.7+1,482
30 to 345,6757.06,5556.87,4406.6+1,765
35 to 394,8886.06,6366.97,5236.7+2,635
40 to 444,8706.06,2906.57,3016.5+2,431
45 to 495,1356.35,6715.97,0856.3+1,950
50 to 545,2346.45,3885.66,6185.9+1,384
55 to 595,0686.25,2205.45,8865.2+818
60 to 644,1565.14,9105.15,2914.7+1,135
65 to 693,6174.44,5504.74,9124.4+1,295
70 to 742,7363.43,7153.84,4323.9+1,696
75 to 792,2192.73,0763.23,8453.4+1,626
80 to 841,6242.02,1542.22,8362.5+1,212
85 and over1,5791.91,8551.92,3762.1+797
Total persons81,589100.096,564100.0112,701100.0+31,112
Source: Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id (informed decisions), July 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the dominant age structure for persons in Rockhampton Regional Council was ages 25 to 29, which accounted for 7.4% of the total persons.

The largest increase in persons between 2016 and 2026 is forecast to be in ages 35 to 39, which is expected to increase by 1,748 and account for 6.9% of the total persons.

The largest 5 year age group in 2026 is 0 to 4 years, with a total of 7,199 persons.

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