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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 8.0% increase in population under working age, a 14.2% increase in population of retirement age, and a 4.3% 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 persons201620262041Change between 2016 and 2041
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
0 to 45,8677.26,3917.47,3987.4+1,531
5 to 95,8347.26,1777.17,1867.2+1,352
10 to 145,5336.86,0437.07,0287.1+1,495
15 to 195,6967.06,0327.06,8286.9+1,132
20 to 245,7777.16,0867.06,9327.0+1,155
25 to 296,0077.46,2197.27,0637.1+1,056
30 to 345,6537.05,9006.86,7566.8+1,103
35 to 394,8826.05,4356.36,1846.2+1,302
40 to 444,8646.05,3116.16,0036.0+1,139
45 to 495,1226.35,1175.95,8925.9+770
50 to 545,2206.45,1035.95,8465.9+626
55 to 595,0456.24,9355.75,4905.5+445
60 to 644,1635.14,5615.34,8804.9+717
65 to 693,5964.44,1254.84,3534.4+757
70 to 742,7103.33,2463.73,8173.8+1,107
75 to 792,2032.72,6503.13,3623.4+1,159
80 to 841,6112.01,8052.12,6202.6+1,009
85 and over1,5391.91,4901.72,0242.0+485
Total persons81,322100.086,627100.099,664100.0+18,342
Source: Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2041, prepared by .id (informed decisions), November 2021.

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 553 and account for 6.3% of the total persons.

The largest 5 year age group in 2026 is 0 to 4 years, with a total of 6,391 persons.

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