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Rockhampton Regional CouncilPopulation forecast

Wandal & West Rockhampton

Population and age structure

Between 2016 and 2026, the age structure forecasts for Wandal & West Rockhampton indicate a 11.3% increase in population under working age, a 15.2% increase in population of retirement age, and a 1.6% 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 Wandal & West Rockhampton 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
Wandal & West Rockhampton - Total persons201620262036Change between 2016 and 2036
Age group (years)Number%Number%Number%Number
0 to 43596.04807.65037.6+144
5 to 93756.33956.34176.3+42
10 to 143455.83265.23775.7+32
15 to 194086.93846.14036.1-5
20 to 244397.44957.94987.6+59
25 to 294858.25308.45428.2+56
30 to 343756.34607.34937.5+118
35 to 393025.14116.54436.7+141
40 to 443656.13425.43885.9+23
45 to 493746.33155.03745.7-1
50 to 544126.93495.53345.1-77
55 to 593986.73165.02864.4-111
60 to 642834.83014.82694.1-15
65 to 692754.62924.62493.8-25
70 to 742103.52864.63084.7+98
75 to 792233.72914.63154.8+92
80 to 841692.81682.72163.3+47
85 and over1492.51452.31692.6+20
Total persons5,946100.06,288100.06,584100.0+638
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id , the population experts, September 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the dominant age structure for persons in Wandal & West Rockhampton was ages 25 to 29, which accounted for 8.2% of the total persons.

The largest increase in persons between 2016 and 2026 is forecast to be in ages 0 to 4, which is expected to increase by 121 and account for 7.6% of the total persons.

The largest 5 year age group in 2026 is 25 to 29 years, with a total of 530 persons.

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