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Rockhampton Regional CouncilPopulation forecast

Rockhampton Regional Council

Population, households and dwellings

The number of dwellings in Rockhampton Regional Council is forecast to grow from 35,234 in 2016 to 47,028 in 2036, with the average household size remaining stable from 2.55 to 2.55 by 2036.

This summary shows the results of the forecasts for population, households and dwellings in Rockhampton Regional Council. The period 2016 to 2026, as the short to medium term, is likely to be the most accurate and useful forecast information for immediate planning purposes.

It is important to look at the relationship between population and average household size. If the average household size is falling, then there will need to be growth in the number of households (and dwellings for them to live in) to maintain or grow the population.

Forecast population, households and dwellings
Rockhampton Regional CouncilForecast year
Change in population (5yrs)--7,3667,6098,1657,972
Average annual change--1.74%1.66%1.64%1.48%
Average household size2.552.562.562.562.55
Population in non private dwellings2,2302,3302,4102,5102,590
Dwelling occupancy rate88.2189.1890.2091.2091.80
Source: Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id (informed decisions), July 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the total population of Rockhampton Regional Council was estimated to be 81,589 people. It is expected to increase by over 23,140 people to 104,729 by 2026, at an average annual growth rate of 2.53%. This is based on an increase of over 8,925 households during the period, with the average number of persons per household remaining stable from 2.55 to 2.56 by 2026.

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